Eye Safety Beyond Screen Use: What You Need To Know

Eye Safety Beyond Screen Use: What You Need To Know
Computer reading glasses are as good for the eyes as proper sports equipment.
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At Phonetic Eyewear, our day-to-day job is to focus on helping your eyes avoid the discomfort associated with using digital devices all day long. Our stylish computer reading glasses allow shoppers to easily complete their work without needing special, ugly glasses for the job. However, while screen use can be grueling, it’s not the only eye issue you need to worry about.

Every year, children and adults alike experience vision problems and even blindness related to eye injuries. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, tens of thousands of eye injuries occur each year. While sports are a common culprit behind these injuries, they aren’t the only one. Work injuries, as well as housework-related accidents, are also likely suspects.

The good news is that 90 percent of serious eye injuries are preventable when we use appropriate protective eyewear – emphasis on appropriate! While Phonetic Eyewear glasses are great computer reading glasses, they aren’t what you need when you’re on the court or while you’re tackling major household tasks, particularly those involving construction or debris. So, rather than hoping that nothing goes wrong, we recommend researching your eyewear options for your individual activities.

Eyewear for Sports Players

If you play sports, even occasionally, proper eyewear is a must. The National Eye Institute explains that protective eyewear, which is made of ultra-strong polycarbonate, is 10 times more impact resistant than other plastics, and does not reduce your ability to see when using them.

Statistics indicate that sports are the most common reason someone experiences an eye injury. From baseball to basketball to football, every sport has different eye guard guidelines you should adhere to. If you do play a sport, you can begin your research into your options with Prevent Blindness’ sport safety resources. (Remember to choose eye protectors that have been tested to meet the American Society of Testing and Materials standards!)

Unfortunately, boxing and full-contact martial arts pose an extremely high risk of serious and even blinding eye injuries – but there is no satisfactory eye protection for boxing.

Additionally, no matter what sport or activity you enjoy, if you already have reduced vision in one eye, you need to consider the risks of injuring the stronger eye. In these cases, you should check with your ophthalmologist to learn about your eye guard options, as well as discuss whether or not participating in sports is advised.

Eyewear for Housework

We may think of our homes as a safe space, but without proper eyewear even housework can lead to a serious injury. In fact, nearly half of all eye injuries each year occur in and around the home. Sources of injury in the home include improper use of chemicals and cleaners, cooking related accidents, and accidents when using power or hand tools.

To combat the dangers of eye injuries at home, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma recommend that every household have at least one pair of ANSI-approved protective eyewear for use during projects and activities that may present risk of injury.  Don’t let all those official words intimidate you – there are excellent resources available to help you find exactly what you need!

What Next?

Finding the right eyewear for your activities is crucial for being comfortable and happy. Phonetic Eyewear is here to answer your questions about all your screen-related eye care needs. By working with your doctors and researching additional protection for sports or housework, you’ll be able to live your life knowing your eyes are being properly protected!