How to Prevent Eye Injuries

  • Thousands of eye accidents happen each day; 90 percent of these are preventable with the use of appropriate safety eyewear.
  • Because there are good eye safety regulations in the workplace, the home is the source of the fastest-growing number of eye injuries.
  • Eye injuries are almost as great a danger to bystanders as the people using dangerous tools or chemicals in the home. Good eye protection is just as important for those watching you work as for the workers themselves.

Find out more about preventing eye injuries at home, at work and at play.

Preventing Eye Injuries at Home –

  • In fact, accidents involving common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year.
  • Ninety percent of these eye injures can be prevented through understanding, safety practices and the use of proper eye protection.
  • You can reduce the risks of eye injuries for yourself and other family members by using this simple checklist for different areas of your home:
    • Indoor Safety – Provide lights and handrails to improve safety on stairs


  • Outdoor Safety – Inspect and remove debris from lawns before mowing.


   Keep paints, pesticides, fertilizers, and similar products properly stored  in a secure area.

  • Keep your tools in good condition; damaged tools should be repaired or replaced.

  • Wear safety glasses or dust goggles to protect against flying particles, and chemical goggles to guard against exposure to fertilizers and pesticides.

Preventing eye injuries at work

  • Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. More than 2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries require one or more missed workdays to recover from. Of the total amount of work-related injuries, 10-20 % will cause temporary or permanent vision loss.

Preventing Sports Eye Injuries

  • More than 25,000 people seek treatment for sports-related eye injuries each year. The good news is that almost all of these injuries can be prevented. Whatever your game, whatever your age, you need to protect your eyes!