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Home Eye Safety – Fall

Fall brings cooler weather, fireplaces needing  firewood and yard work before the cold winter hits.  Anytime you work with power tools such as chainsaws, trimmers, mowers in the yard you should wear protective eyewear.   Every year, I see people with sawdust or other foreign material in the eye because they didn’t put on any safety glasses or goggles, even for simple, quick, little tasks.   Yes, they can be awkward or just a pain to wear.  However, it is alot less painful than a foreign object that can cause a corneal abrasion or lead to infection and scarred vision for life.   Modern safety glasses like Wiley X are very comfortable, with some even having a foam side piece to keep out wind and dust.  There are all kinds of prescription safety eyewear available and many cost less than regular eyewear.  Make sure you keep them clean and scratch free.  Scratches are annoying and can tempt you to take them off.  It also makes them more likely to break if there were an impact.

Good protective eyewear should be made of polycarbonate or Trivex lens material meeting the ANSI standard for safety eyewear.  A great site  about safety eyewear is here: http://www.allaboutvision.com/safety/safety-glasses.htm

It takes one second, one little touch on the grinder, one little strike of the hammer, one little rock chip off the weed eater to blind an eye.  Don’t take any chances.  Wear those safety glasses!

Courtesy of Dumas Vision Source, PLLC and Dr Tory W. Moore, Optometric Glaucoma Specialist.    Serving the Dumas, Texas,  Moore County and upper Texas Panhandle area for 21 years.   Call (806) 935-2020 for appointment or visit our optical gallery without an appointment.  Connect on Twitter @eyedocdumas and like our Facebook business page:  Dumas Vision Source You also can visit our website www.visionsource-dumas.com for more information.   Tory Moore, OD  – “A Hometown Eye Doctor You Know and Can Trust!”