Eye Surgical & Medical Care joins forces with national groups to reduce the 2.5 million home eye injuries and promote eye health during October Eye Safety Month.
Columbus, Ohio (October 20, 2015) – Eye Surgical & Medical Care joins the National Eye Institute and Friends for Sight™ to celebrate Healthy Vision Month and Home Eye Safety Month. These eye health organizations are launching new outreach programs to encourage others to make eye health and safety a priority and to reduce the 2.5 million eye injuries which occur each year.
“There are a few simple ways to protect one’s vision. One of the most important is to get a regular dilated comprehensive eye exam, stated Tatiana Hammond, O.D., a doctor with Eye Surgical & Medical Care. “This is the only true way to catch eye disease early. Many eye diseases, such as glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and age-related macular degeneration do not present symptoms when in their early stages.”
The statistics related to preventative eye care are compelling. According to the National Eye Health Education Program, when diabetic retinopathy is detected early, treatment is 95% effective in preventing severe vision loss. However, Dr. Hammond believes the efforts must be broader due to other causes of vision loss, including eye injuries.
In a recent Friends for Sight™ article, it was reported that nearly 50 percent of the 2.5 million annual eye injuries occur at home, with the most common site for injuries being in the yard or garden. The article cites many ways to prevent these injuries; the number one way is to wear protective safety goggles. These goggles protect from particles, dust, flying debris, and chemical splashes.
Dr. Hammond agrees, “Secure safety goggles and place them in areas of the house where you perform tasks using chemicals or where there is the potential for flying dust and debris. Next to the string trimmers, in your workshop, and in the kitchen are three places where many eye injuries can be easily prevented. Make the goggles readily available and you will use them. They can be purchased inexpensively, or your vision professional can create them in your eye glass prescription.”
“Other ways to protect vision include living a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet and regular exercise, knowing and reporting pertinent ocular family history to doctors, and seeking medical care as soon as you notice changes in your vision,” Dr. Hammond stated. “Taking these steps, especially wearing protective eyewear, yield measurable eye health and safety benefits.”
About Eye Surgical & Medical Care
Eye Surgical & Medical Care is a leading vision correction and eye surgery center that specializes in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, disease management, and optometry services. Their mission is to strive for excellence in surgical and medical eye care by providing comprehensive evaluation and treatments, and by educating patients on how to preserve good vision and ocular health. For more information, visit their website at www.2020ohio.com or call their office at (614) 899-2020.