Do-it-yourself projects have never been more popular. So when you reach for the tool bet, it’s also important to grab the right eyewear to protect your vision. But no matter if you are working on a construction site or making repairs around your home, it’s important to make sure you have the right safety glasses for the job.
According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, more than 700 Canadian workers per day sustain eye injuries on the job, resulting in lost time and/or temporary or permanent vision loss. But the most likely place to receive an eye injury is in the home.
Every day, people suffer eye injuries caused by accidents around the home while working in the garden or even on the computer. Computer screens are now one of the most common causes of eye strain and visual discomfort.
So whether you are building a fence or building a spreadsheet, always be sure to keep your eyes protected. Check out Eyetican’s top tips for avoiding eye injuries in the home and helpful suggestions on the right eyewear to prevent injury.
Around the House
Your home has many hidden dangers that can result in eye injury. That’s why it’s always important to take great care when doing home improvements. Safety glasses can prevent debris and projectiles such as screws and nails from hitting your eyes. Always remember to wear your CSA-certified safety glasses that can fit over your regular glasses.
On The Computer
Safety glasses don’t just mean protection on construction sites, glasses that protect your eyes from the effects of being in front of a computer screen are also important. Computer Vision Syndrome is caused by spending too much time in front of a computer screen.
Symptoms including eye redness and irritation as well as shoulder and back pain. UV blocking lenses can help keep your eyes safe and create a more comfortable visual experience while you work. Blue blocking lenses can help reduce the events of UV light from computer screens increasing comfort and letting finish your project.
In The Garden
As the spring weather arrives, Canadians are anxious to get back in the garden. It’s important to take precautions to prevent eye injury. When mowing the lawn, trimming branches, or using chemicals, it is important to protect your eyes. Lawnmowers have been recorded launching small objects into the air at high speed.
This can cause serious damage to your eyes. Make sure to clear your lawn of any potential hazards before you begin work. If you are working with chemicals such as fertilizers or cleaners, always remember to cover your eyes with CSA-approved glasses that fit properly and cover all entry points to the eyes. Doing so will ensure you can enjoy your garden for years to come.
In The Sun
Many jobs require working many hours in the sun. This exposure can cause serious damage to the eyes. According to the Canadian Association of Optometrists, sun damage can lead to irreversible damage including:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Eyelid skin cancer
- Corneal sunburn
- Age spots
- Tissue growths on the surface of the eye
When you spend time in the sun, always wear lenses that block 100 percent of UVA and UVB light. This will not only keep your eyes protected but will prevent long-term damage.
Protecting Children’s Eyes
Don’t forget your children’s eyes need protection too. Children should wear sunglasses whenever they are outdoors and should wear children’s sized protective eyewear when helping with projects around the home. Consult your eye care provider about the right kind of eyewear for your children to ensure they are protected while in the home or at play.
Choosing the right eyewear to protect your eyes doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Remember to always use a CSA-approved pair of safety glasses. If you are in the sun, choose a pair of glasses that provides 100 percent protection in all lighting conditions.
Taking the time to protect your eyes is the best way to enjoy your favourite activities safely.