Eye Injury by Age Group

Eye InjuryProjectile objects and flying debris represent about 18% of all reported eye injuries, with blunt object injuries making up just over 13% of injuries. In third place comes injury caused by fingers, fists and other body parts (10%). And in fourth place at about 9% is injury from sharp objects such as a fishhook or glass shard.

In case you weren’t counting, we’ve just accounted for 50% of all reported injuries. The remaining 50% comes from a variety of causes including sports equipment, automobile airbags, paintballs, bb guns, pellet guns, furniture, household chemicals, firearms, and fireworks.

As reported in Who Is At Risk for Greatest Eye Injury? almost half of the 2.5 million eye injuries reported annually occur in individuals ages 18-45. Many of the same type of injuries, primarily the ones listed above, occur as much in the over-45 age group as in the 18-45 age group. But, less injuries occur overall in the older group probably due to increased caution and decreased activity and risk that usually accompanies aging.

The second largest age group (25%) receiving the most eye injuries are children. Even more specifically, older teens and young adults in their late twenties present the highest numbers of eye injuries. Of the total number of injuries, 73% of them are received by males.

While older teens and young adults represent the highest number, no one remains exempt from receiving an eye injury. The article Children Need Eye Protection Too details the hazards facing young children with regard to eye injury as well as gives measures for preventing injury in the first place.

So that leaves one group yet to cover with regard to risk for eye injury… the elderly. In this age group, falls cause the most eye injuries. More specifically, loss of balance resulting in falls.

Preventing injuries caused from falls starts with a visit to the doctor to address any health issues. Then, make sure an individual’s home provides sturdy support structures for moving about and that paths for everyday activities are safe and clear.

While we know that 90% of all eye injuries can be prevented using protective eyewear and that every home should have at least one pair of safety glasses, we need to realize that eye injury prevention also comes through making the environment itself safer as well.

This means realizing that most eye injuries take place at home and then doing what we can to prevent eye injuries in the home. This also means making sure the age of individuals in a home is taken into consideration and appropriate measures follow based on that information, especially when young children or the elderly are involved.

Driving In The Fog Made Easier

Driving this time of year can be tricky. If you don’t listen to the weather report before you head out to start your day, you can be caught totally off guard when you hit thick patches of fog, it can make you dread the morning drive. If you have young drivers in your home it is even worse because you worry about their safety while driving in the fog.

Among the tips to driving in foggy conditions:

  • Use LOW beams lights. High beams will reflect off the fog, creating a “white wall” effect.
  • Reduce your speed.
  • Travel with the window partially open. Listen for traffic.
  • Use the paint line of the right edge of the road to guide you – never use the center line.

But there are times when the fog is so thick you can barely see the white line on the right side of the road edge.

Here is a hint that can give you the “edge” you need: Glasses with an amber or yellow lens will enhance contrast, making it easier to distinguish where the paint line runs.

I wear prescription glasses, so I keep a pair of Guardian Over-the-glass with yellow lens within an arm’s reach in my car. (Bolle makes the Override in a yellow lens that would also work).

For the young driver in your household, select glasses that not only keep them safer, but also look good so that they will use them. To mention just a few: In a yellow lens, popular choices are the Wiley-X Saber and the Jackson Hellraiser. In an amber lens, the Smith & Wesson Elite, with its “retro style” is a great choice. Another great choice is the Edge Dukura, a light-weight, sleek wrap-around available in both yellow and amber lens.

Try one of these very affordable glasses, you will find it makes driving in the fog easier and safer.

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Anti-Fog Safety Glasses

Edge Dakura Vapor Shield Anti-Fog Safety Glasses

Edge Dakura Vapor Shield Anti-Fog Safety Glasses

The warm, endless days of summer have now given way to crisp Fall mornings and the gentle hum of the approaching holidays in the air. It’s the season of pumpkin pie, fleece jackets, and ah, the cooler temperatures causing our safety glasses to fog right up! Condensation on your safety glasses can cause major safety gaps in your work, and you know you can’t take the risk of having to wipe off your glasses continuously or not being able to see your surroundings for even a quick second. You might not find the world of Anti-Fog Safety Glasses as fascinating as we do, but we bet you didn’t know about some of these anti-fog facts:

  1. Your anti-fog lens protection was developed by NASA. Really – anti-fog lenses were developed by NASA for Project Gemini in 1966 to ensure astronaut’s helmet visors didn’t fog up on space walks.
  2. A common “at home” anti-fog method is to wipe a thin layer of detergent on your lenses. We tried doing this, and it ended up smearing the lenses of our safety glasses. Stick with the real deal!
  3. We carry over 200 pairs of Anti-Fog Safety Glasses from brands that we rely on and trust ourselves. We’re confident you’ll find a look and feel that’s best for you, while also providing you with the anti-fog protection you need.
  4. Working in a cold, dimly lit environment? We’ve got you, and your eyes, covered. Our 3M Light Vision2 LED Anti-Fog Safety Glasses are equipped with LED lights at each temple that can adjust or swivel depending on your task lighting needs.
  5. Divers do choose anti-fog goggles, but they also apply a home remedy to enhance the anti-fog capabilities – saliva.
  6. What’s an easy way to get dirt or debris in your eyes? Simple – have your safety glasses fog up, and run a hand under your glasses to “defog” them. All of a sudden you’ve got dirt or even chemicals in close contact with your eyes.
  7. Anti-fog safety glasses aren’t just for the job site. They’re perfect for early December or March skiing where the temperatures are just warm enough to throw on a pair of sunglasses rather than bulk up in ski goggles. If you’ve ever been on the ski lift of schussing down the slopes and have had your sunglasses fog up, you know how frustrating, and dangerous, this can be. Check out our red mirrored Pyramex Exeter Anti-Fog Safety Glasses for skiing safety and après ski style.

It’s easy to take anti-fog technology for granted, but the science behind Anti-Fog Safety Glasses can help keep you safe on both the job site and your recreational activities. Don’t chance condensation obstructing your view – if you need to wear safety glasses outside during the chilly Fall and winter months, choose anti-fog.