Eyes allow us to see all the wonderful things in life, but they are also very delicate. From mundane tasks to extracurricular activities, it is important to protect our eyes from unnecessary and potentially irreversible damage.
In 2011, over 2,000 people were treated for eye injuries related to fireworks. Many of those injuries were a result of a projectile hitting the eyes, rather than just watching.
With Pioneer Day on July 24, fireworks will light up the night sky across the Salt Lake valley to celebrate Utah’s statehood. There are also several small city festivals that include fireworks.
If your holiday plans include lighting fireworks, then do it with caution and wear eye protection. Wearing eye protection, such as goggles, is a good way to prevent projectiles, sparks, metal, wood, dust, balls or other objects from flying into your eyes during recreational activity.
Eyes also need protecting from the sun and bright lights.
The sun has ultraviolet A and B light. Sunglasses with UV protection are a way to keep the eyes safe from harmful UV rays that can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration.
Eye strain is a common problem for readers and office workers.
Another way we can protect our eyes is to follow what moms around the world have said: “Don’t read when there is not enough light.” Reading in dim light can cause eye strain.
Looking at a computer monitor too long without blinking can cause eye fatigue and strain. Making sure the monitor is at eye level can reduce screen eye fatigue. The monitor should be about an arms length from the face and in front, not to the side. Eyes should be level with the top of the screen.
The eyes are the windows to the soul, and healthy eyes allow us to see the world more clearly. It is important to take care of our eyes, and through simple measures we can protect them from unnecessary damage and stress.