Protect Your Eyes at Home, Work and Play

Have you ever had a temporary eye problem? Maybe you couldn’t work, drive or read?

If so, you’ve experienced how vision problems can disrupt everyday life. Today, don’t take seeing for granted. Set your sights on these safety tips — to help avoid common eye injuries and eyestrain.

At home

Keep safety eyewear on hand. Look for products marked “ANSI Z87.1.” That means they meet the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). You can find glasses, goggles or face shields like these at most hardware stores.

Make it a habit. Before you start a home project, think about what could cause an eye injury — from flying yard debris to splashing cleaning chemicals. Use your protective eyewear whenever you’re doing a task that could put your eyes at risk.

At work

Don’t overlook safety. Does your job require or recommend protective eyewear? Be sure to take this seriously. Depending on your work, that could include wearing safety glasses, goggles, face shields or helmets. Follow all safety regulations — consistency is key. 

Give eyes a break. Do you look at a screen for long periods? Remind yourself to blink regularly. A tip: Keep the 20-20-20 rule in mind. At least every 20 minutes, look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

At play

Gear up for sports. Wear the right eye protection for your activity — whether that’s basketball, skiing or racquetball. And make sure your active kids are properly protected too.

Be sun-smart year-round. When outdoors, wear sunglasses. Choose lenses that block 100 percent of ultraviolet radiation — both UVA and UVB rays.

If an accident happens

If an eye injury does occur, don’t ignore it, even if it seems minor. Doing so could put your vision at risk. See your eye doctor — or seek other medical care — right away.

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What to do next

Talk with your doctor about how often you need eye exams. Catching an eye problem early — and treating it — can help prevent vision loss. Check your benefit plan to see what services may be covered.


The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice. Talk to an appropriate health care professional to determine what may be right for you.

Last reviewed July 2017

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