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OCTOBER: EYE INJURY PREVENTION MONTH

According to EyeSmart, “there are over 2.5 million eye injuries every year in the United States and 1 million of those eye injuries lead to loss of vision”. This number is quite staggering but luckily it is one that can be easily prevented. October is Eye Injury Prevention month and understanding the type of lenses you should be wearing for protection and the areas where more eye injuries occur is important for your safety.

When picking out lenses for your glasses or sunglasses, you can keep in mind eye safety by choosing polycarbonate or Trivex lenses. Both of these lenses are usually thinner, lightweight, and impact resistant. Polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are the go-to for many different needs including safety glasses, children’s glasses, sports goggles, and even everyday wear. These lenses offer great optical clarity, making it possible for you to see out of your lenses clearly. These lenses also, work well for frames that are “drill-mounts” or “semi-rimless” frames because these lenses are less likely to chip or fracture than other materials such as glass or plastic. Also, polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are UV protected, meaning they block 100% of UV rays from potentially damaging your eyes.

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology reported, “that nearly half of all eye injuries occur in the home”. That’s right there are many different injuries that can happen that are not even “work-related”.

  • In Your Home: Doing normal daily cleaning can be quite detrimental to your vision. Many of the harsh chemicals found in cleaning supplies can permanently destroy the surface of your eyes, causing blindness. It is imperative to wear proper eye protection to protect your eyes from these chemical splashes.

  • In Your Garage: Whether you are simply working on a vehicle for a hobby or you need to check your engine for practicality needs, many eye injuries occur in garages when working with vehicles. From oil leaking to battery acid, there are many different components that can harm your eyes and potentially lead to blindness. Properly wearing goggles when working on vehicles can help avoid this.

  • In Your Yard: For many, putting on protective sunglasses or glasses is the last thing that goes through their mind while they are out gardening or maintaining their yard, but it needs to be the first. Mowing the lawn, weed eating, edging, and other garden work can often make rocks, sticks, and other debris fly up quickly and forcefully. If these items hit your eyes they can not only hurt you but could possibly lead to blindness. Eye protection is key for working in your yard to protect your vision.

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Understanding the places where eye injuries are likely to occur in the home and knowing that polycarbonate and Trivex lenses are the best for eye protection, you can prevent the likelihood of an eye injury. Vision Source Specialists offer both polycarbonate lenses and Trivex lenses for everyday frames, sunglasses, safety glasses, and even sports goggles. For more information on our protective lenses or ways you can prevent eye injury, contact Vision Source Specialists today at 605-745-3175.


Dr. Jared Pearson O.D.

Dr. Dawn Wattenhofer O.D.