Sunsets, movies, and smiles are all enjoyed through the sense of sight.
Many don’t give a second thought to the fact that they are able to see through a healthy set of eyes, while in reality, blindness could be just an accident away and the loss of vision could change a life completely.
A survey by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind reveals that an estimated 720,000 Canadians sustain an eye injury that requires medical attention per year.
“Eye injuries can cause serious vision loss or even blindness, but most can be prevented,” said Gordon, CNIB’s vice-president of research. “People really need to think about protecting their eyes better not only at work, but also at home and while playing sports.”
There are a few simple steps that if taken, can prevent a life-changing eye injury:
* Read and follow instructions when using chemicals
* Point spray nozzles away from you
* Use grease shields on frying pans
* Turn your face away when uncorking soda or champagne style bottles
* Pick up rocks and stones before mowing the lawn
* Trim low-hanging branches in your yard
* Teach children how to safely handle knives, scissors, and pencils
* Keep harsh chemicals, spray cans, and glues out of a child’s reach
* Select toys and games suitable for a child’s age
For more on eye safety, please go to www.cnib.ca/eyesafety