Name a place where you feel safe and happy. Chances are that you immediately thought about your home. But whether you live in an apartment or a house, your living space could potentially contribute to an eye injury if you’re not careful. In fact, did you know that accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year? Or that about half of all serious eye injuries occur at home?
Don’t panic – many injuries can be prevented with a simple adjustment in your habits and living space. For example:
- Light up your home. While we tend to associate falls with broken bones, a bad tumble can also potentially lead to an eye injury if you hit the right object the wrong way. Removing trip hazards, ensuring there are handrails to use along stairs, and keeping stairs and walkways well lit can reduce your risk of taking a damaging tumble. These actions are recommended by the Prevent Blindness group, no matter your age.
- Tackle tasks at home with caution. When was the last time you wore protective eyewear during home maintenance? We often forget to wear goggles or other forms of protective eyewear when we work at home, even though experts have endorsed them. The Prevent Blindness group has a number of home safety guidelines that you can implement both in the house and in your yard, if you have one. Whether you use household tools, store paint around your home, or mow your lawn on a regular basis, you’ll definitely want to utilize their safety tips to help avoid an accidental eye injury!
- Beware of digital eye strain. Digital eye strain, sometimes referred to as Computer Vision Syndrome, is the universal eye problem of the 21st century. No matter your age or occupation, you are at risk of digital eye strain if you use computers, tablets, e-readers, or cell phones for extended periods of time. The more your eyes are exposed to screens, the most discomfort you’re likely to experience in the form of dry eyes, headaches, and neck and shoulder pain. The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends following the 20-20-20 rule to reduce eye strain and its symptoms. (Basically, every 20 minutes spent using a screen, you should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds.) The AOA also recommends using devices in properly lit areas, maintaining proper posture when using a device, and reducing glare on screens whenever possible.
- Upgrade your glasses for day-to-day use. While following the AOA’s tips can help address eye strain to some extent, the reality is that eye strain is a daily risk. Screens surround us at work and in our personal lives, meaning any time you answer an email, play a video game, indulge in a Netflix binge, or take part in a number of other screen-related activities, you could walk away with eye strain. That’s where we can help! Phonetic Eyewear offers glasses for computer use that reduce your risk of eye strain related to day-to-day screen use. We do this with glasses that not only contain clear, prescription quality lenses, but also contain a special coating that deflects a portion of the blue light that contributes to eye strain. The other portions of the color spectrum are not filtered in our products, maintaining a sharp image any time you use them. Upgrading to our glasses is just another way you can reduce the day-to-day risks and strain you put on your eyes.
Proper eyewear and home set-up alike are important in protecting your eyes. While we can’t help with your home’s safety set-up, we can at least help set you up with a great pair of anti-glare glasses for computer and screen use! If you want to learn more about how our glasses work, click here – and feel free to contact us if you have specific questions that you need answered!