Eye Safety

Eye Safety

Educational articles about eye safety and eye protection, from the doctors of Ophthalmology at Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute.

10 Tips for Halloween Safety Month

October is Halloween Safety Month.  In observance of this month the staff and doctors at Fort Lauderdale Eye Institute urge you to take these precautions:

Use makeup instead of masks when possible. Masks can block your vision and prevent you from seeing objects that are in front of you or coming towards you – this is especially true with eye patches and big floppy hats or wigs.
If your children are wearing hats, scarves or wigs, make sure they are pinned or tied securely so that they don’t slip over their eyes.
Refrain from wearing cosmetic contact lenses, especially those that aren’t prescribed. They may not be sterile and could cause complications such as, bacterial infections, eye pain, sensitivity to light, pink eye (conjunctivitis), corneal ulceration and other conditions that can lead to permanent vision loss if left untreated.
Do not share your […]

Fireworks Eye Safety Month

The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away and Fireworks Eye Safety Month is upon is.

We all know that fireworks can be dangerous if not handled properly.  But did you know that fireworks were involved in an estimated 10,500 injuries in 2014 with at least 7,000 of those resulting in visits to an emergency room?  Keep in mind that these are “reported” injuries which means there were more that went unreported.  In addition, children 15 years of age and under accounted for 35% of these injuries with children between the ages of 5 to 9 years of age making up the highest estimated rate of emergency department-treated injuries related to fireworks.  19% of these injuries were eye-injuries that typically included lacerations, contusions, and foreign bodies in the eyes.

According to a statistical report by the U.S. Consumer Product […]

Avoiding Eye Injuries while Grilling

11 Summer Grilling Safety Tips to prevent eye injuries and more:

With summer right around the corner, many of us will be spending a lot of time outside with family and friends enjoying such activities as swimming, biking, fishing, boating, surfing and more.  Most family reunions are held during the summer and many of us will be grilling outside at home, in parks, or at company events.  Grilling is fun and food from the grill tastes great.  However, grilling can also be dangerous and lead to accidents that can either send you to hospital or cause you to lose or damage your eyesight.

Here are a few tips to prevent bodily injury, fires, and eye injuries associated with grilling:

Eye protection – It is important to wear eye protection when grilling or barbecuing. Smoke, grease, and even small sparks of fire can […]

Protecting your Eyes from the Sun

The weekend is here and time to enjoy some of the beautiful South Florida Sun! If you are going to spend a portion of your weekend outside, be sure to protect your eyes from the harmful rays the sun brings.  Here are some helpful tips to keeping your eyes safe while enjoying the outdoors and to assist you with protecting your eyes from the sun.

For optimum protection from UV rays your sun glasses should:

Offer the ability to absorb and block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light.
Guard or block against HEV (high-energy visible) light
Be polarized to eliminate glare – water and snow reflect and magnify glare, which can be especially harmful.
Fit sufficiently to shield your eyes, eyelids, and the surrounding areas.

Excessive exposure to UV radiation from the sun can actually cause sunburn (photokeratitis) to the front surface […]

Eye Injury Prevention – 8 Helpful Tips

April is “Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month” and we have put together 8 helpful tips to keep your eyes safe and prevent eye injuries while enjoying your favorite sports!

Everyone knows that taking care of your eyes and preventing eye injuries is important.  And many times we are more concerned with eye safety at work than we are with the safety of our eyes when we’re engaged in recreational activities or playing sports.

Interestingly, there are certain sports where eye injuries occur more often, such as; basketball, baseball and sports where a racket is used (tennis, racquetball, etc.).  And any full contact sport where eye protection is nonexistent like boxing, martial arts and especially MMA fighting or wrestling, poses a high risk of serious eye injury that may lead to the injured person becoming blind.
Eye Injury Prevention
The best ways to protect and […]

Make Your Workplace Safer with These Safety Tips

FLEI acknowledges Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month
Why you should be concerned about Eye Health and Safety
According to the CDC, about 2,000 workers experience job-related eye injuries each day that require medical treatment.  Some of these injuries may include: small particles or objects such as wood chips, cement chips or metal slivers and other small items that are ejected by tools, are windblown, or that fall from above.  These injuries can and often do result in abrasions, irritations and in some cases may even lead to permanent loss of vision.  Chemical burns are another type of injury that may occur if cleaning products or industrial chemicals are accidentally splashed into one’s eyes.

Health care workers, janitorial workers, lab staff and even animal handlers are subject to infectious diseases acquired through ocular exposure.  A simple cough, sneeze, or contaminated fingers from […]

How Ultraviolet Radiation Is Harmful To Your Eyes

Ultraviolet rays are invisible forms of energy coming from the sun. Their wavelengths are shorter than visible light.

Most people are aware of the effect of UV rays on their body by using sunblock to protect themselves, but many people are not aware of the UV rays on their eyes.  We can be exposed to UV radiation from both  the sun and reflectiveness off bright surfaces such as a sidewalk or water.

There are two types of UV radiation that can effect your eyes UV A and UV B. Over time UV A is more easily absorbed by the retina, the back of the eye.  UV B can damage the cornea and lens of the eye. The damage from UV rays may not develop until years later. UV damage is cumulative.

Exposure to UV rays can lead to Macular Degeneration in the elderly […]