What’s On Your List?

Many people acknowledge that protecting their eyes is a priority. What people don’t often realize is that some activities we assume are safe may not be. Here’s a list of activities that could pose a risk to your vision.

  • Using power tools such as drills or saws
  • Sanding, by hand or with a power sander
  • Doing demolition work
  • Painting, especially ceilings
  • Installing or removing insulation
  • Deep cleaning, especially with harsh chemicals
  • Dusting
  • Mowing grass or weed trimming
  • Tree trimming or brand cutting
  • Cleaning your gutters
  • Simple automotive work such as changing your oil

Comprehensive Safety

Here are some simple steps to follow that will help keep you safe in when starting on that next project.

  • Plan ahead, including giving yourself enough time to complete the task without rushing
  • Practice on power tools you’re not familiar with in a safe environment
  • Work in well-ventilated areas (chemicals/cleaners)
  • Do your research or watch YouTube videos to give you pointers
  • Wear the proper clothing for the activity
  • Ensure you have the right tools for the job instead of misusing others

Get Focused on Your Eyes

When it comes to your eye safety, you can never be too prepared. Here are some tips to make sure you finish your tasks with your vision intact.

  • Get safety glasses or goggles at the hardware store or your local eyecare provider; regular eyewear or sunglasses are not protective eyewear
  • Make sure your safety eyewear matches the task you’re performing; there are various levels of impact resistance or coverage around the sides of your eyes
  • Know what to do in case of an emergency (always start by calling your eye doctor)
  • Be sure you are near some way to wash or irrigate your eyes

If you have any questions at all about your eye safety or how to get prescription safety eyewear contact your eye doctor! If you need to find a new one, use our doctor locator to find an eye doctor near you.