The right pair of eyeglasses can correct your vision and improve your style. Unfortunately, like other foreign objects, eyeglasses could come between you and another person or object, leading to injuries.
In fact, one national study found that there were more than 27,000 injuries tied to wearing eyeglasses over a two-year span, which is why protecting your eyes and face is so important. Here are two tips to prevent eyeglasses-related injuries.
1. Choose Eyeglasses that Fit Properly
One of the biggest safety problems involved with wearing eyeglasses is the fact that many people wear varieties that don't fit their faces properly, which can lead to glasses falling off of your face.
In addition to impacting your ability to see the ground in front of you, glasses that have slipped out of place can create new pressure points, especially if you land on your face. If your glasses slip and you fall forward into another person or object, you could be left with facial lacerations or eyeball injuries, potentially impacting your vision long term.
Fortunately, by choosing eyeglasses that fit properly, you can keep your eyeglasses where they should be, reducing your risk of injury. Well-fitting eyeglasses should grip your temples slightly, and create equal pressure on both sides of your nose and both ears.
Glasses arms should be long enough to curve where your ears are, and the glasses should touch you right in front of your ears - but without enough pressure to make them uncomfortable. The width of the frames should be just wide enough to extend past your cheekbones, and the nose bridge should grip your nose area comfortably.
If your eyeglasses don't fit properly, you might notice yourself pushing up the bridge of your glasses frequently, or adjusting the frames on your face.
If your frames don't seem to be fitting well, talk with your eye doctor about adjusting your existing frames. In some instances, ear hooks can be applied to make glasses fit more securely, or special nose pads might be recommended to keep frames from falling off of your face.
2. Don't Assume Your Glasses Will Protect You
Wearing glasses can feel like an added layer of protection for your eyes, but this feeling is a false sense of security.
While eyeglasses do offer some protection from the environment around you, the open space around your frames can still allow projectiles, dangerous fluids, and even certain wavelengths of light to damage your eyes. For this reason, never assume that your glasses will protect your eyes. Instead, follow eye protection guidelines.
Furthermore, since those who work in construction, mining, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, welding, maintenance, auto repair, and manufacturing professions are at an increased risk of eye injuries, make sure you always have eye protection handy for any job that could create dust, chemicals, or projectiles.
Individuals who work in medical or laboratory settings may be at a higher risk for eye injuries, since body fluids can carry diseases that could transmit infection into your eyes.
In addition, if you like to play sports, eye protection is essential for preventing impact injuries.
To protect your vision, talk with your doctor about your personal level of risk, and invest in a pair of protective safety goggles that you find comfortable. Remember that certain varieties of safety goggles protect against different threats, such as UV light and radiation.
Choose a variety designed to protect against the safety risks you are most likely to deal with on a regular basis, and keep your glasses with you at all times in case you need them.
Remember, if you experience any type of eye-related injury, meet with your eye doctor as soon as possible. Here at Hummel Eye Associates, we are committed to helping our customers with everything from routine vision exams to complex eye surgeries. Call our office today to schedule your next visit.