Who Is At Greatest Risk For Eye Injury?

Raquetball_PlayerAlmost half of the 2.5 million eye injuries reported annually occur in individuals ages 18-45. 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 within these groups. Of the total number of injuries, 73% of them are received by males.

Older teens and young adults receive the majority of their eye injuries from sports. The rate of injury for this group when playing sports is highest in sports like basketball, football, soccer and leisure sports (golf, tennis, bowling, etc.). Fighting and typical horsing around account for a portion of eye injuries in this age group as well. In addition, older teens generally tend to fail to pay attention to printed warnings about potential eye injury.

In addition to eye injury from sports and horsing around, young adults also receive many of their eye injuries from yard work, flying particles in a work area and from chemicals. Eye injury for women in this group also often comes from mascara wands and scratches from fingernails. In addition, young adults receive a number of eye injuries from exploding grills and fireplaces as well as from fireworks.

Older adults do not escape eye injury by any means with nearly 27% of injuries reported annually being received by individuals 46 and older. Much of the same causes of eye injury in individuals below 46 result in eye injury for those over that age, just not as many. Perhaps this is because caution increases and activity decreases with age, at least for some individuals.

There is one factor that remains constant throughout age groups and regardless of type of injury. And that factor is that the majority of ALL of these eye injuries can be prevented. The single best way to prevent eye injury, regardless of age and activity, is by wearing protective eyewear. In fact, 90% of eye injuries are preventable by wearing protective eyewear.

Fortunately, a plethora of options exist to fit every age and activity, which means few excuses exist for not wearing protective eyewear in any and every situation. There is sports eyewear, over-prescription eyewear, safety sunglasses, shooting glasses and Rx ready eyewear. Safety eyewear even exists specifically made for women and children.

For individuals needing safety eyewear for multiple situations, there’s convertible safety eyewear and multi-lens safety eyewear too. From motorcycle eyewear to safety goggles, the options available really eliminate excuses that sometimes seem to cross age and gender lines.

Eye injury, while more prevalent in some age groups over others, really does not have an age or gender bias. For this reason, both men and women regardless of age can do the one thing that will start to reduce that 2.5 million eye injuries per year… wear protective eyewear!

Camping Safety

Camping presents a terrific opportunity for spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors. It can also provide a welcome break from the hustle, bustle and technology of life. Yet, even in this simple environment, so much can go awry when one is unprepared. And for such a simple get-away, there is a lot to prepare.

The CDC provides some great information on Camping Health and Safety Tips along with a Packing Checklist that can help prepare you for your next camping trip. Campsafe.org also provides some terrific information on camping safety, because “it’s fun until someone gets hurt. Let’s keep it fun.”

And there certainly a lot of ways a fun camping trip can be ruined, whether through injury caused by carelessness or by happenstance. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, in 2007, more than 11,000 people required medical treatment for a camping injury, and these numbers don’t include those injured while using cots, trailers, stoves, and other camping equipment.

The most common camping injuries include bug bites, cuts, scrapes, burns and broken bones. For our focus today, let’s look at common camping injuries related specifically to the eyes.

  1. Foreign Object in Eye. A speck of debris or a branch in the eye is a common cause of eye injury when camping. Usually, an eye wash with a sterilized eye-wash cup takes care of the problem, but moisturizing eye drops can do the trick as well. If the problem persists, medical attention is necessary.
  2. Sun Exposure. Since camping takes place outdoors, a lot of time is spent in the sun. Most people fail to realize that the sun damages the eye in much the same way that it damages our skin. For this reason, wear quality sunglasses that protect against at least 99% of the sun’s harmful rays when camping.
  3. Fire. One of the best parts about camping is sitting around the campfire. Unfortunately, the campfire can also be a source of eye injury, often from sparks or ashes that fly through the air and even from smoke getting in the eyes. Prevent problems by not sitting too close to the fire and by being aware of any flying objects coming out of the fire.
  4. Insect Bites & Poison Ivy, Oak & Sumac. These elements seem like a natural part of camping and usually are treated fairly easily with calamine or other lotion. But what happens when they occur in or near the eye? First, keep hands away from eyes to help prevent problems. Second, if exposure does occur, wash the eye with lukewarm water. If exposure happens in the area round the eye, some lotions can be used near the eye and may be useful to stop itching and prevent spreading. For exposure directly in the eye itself, medical attention will likely be necessary if problems persist past this initial treatment.

Certainly, some minor eye injuries can be treated by items in a basic camping first-aid kit. For this reason, be sure to keep a sterilized eye wash cup along with some moisturizing eye drops in your camping first aid kit. But serious injuries, especially injury accompanied by pain, blurred vision or loss of vision, need immediate medical attention.

Keep camping fun and safe by having the necessary and proper equipment, keeping a well-stocked and up-to-date first aid kit, and being aware of the necessities needed to ensure a safe camping trip.

Play A Better Round Of Golf With Golf Sunglasses

We can’t exactly promise you’ll go from hitting into the ruff to a hole-in-one, but we’ve heard from many golfing customers of ours on just how wearing the right Golf Sunglasses has helped improve their game. After all, we play better when our eyes are more focused on that tee, and keeping our eyes alert and in tune with the tee are just what golf sunglasses intend to do!

Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses

Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses

Reduce Eye Fatigue – Squinting into the sun can easily cause your eyes to dry and feel tired, and you’re certainly not at your best when suffering from eye fatigue. Instead, give your eyes some relief by wearing polarized golf sunglasses. They block out those bright UV rays that threaten a squint-free view of the tee, and help you keep your focus on the fairway, rather than that dreadful ruff.

Light Optimized Lenses – The light is very different when you’re swinging that club at 7am or later on in the afternoon at 3pm. Fortunately, golf sunglasses come in a variety of different lens colors that can help optimize your vision during those different tee times. For early morning games, wear a pair of our Yellow Lens Edge Kazbek Golf Sunglasses to brighten your frame of vision. For afternoon tee times, wear our Fire Iridium Oakley Half Jacket Golf Sunglasses that perform best in medium to bright light.

Impact Resistant – Golf may not be a contact sport, but if you’ve ever come in contact with an errant golf ball, it certainly feels like it is! Several models of our golf sunglasses do indeed meet U.S. Military eyewear ballistic impact resistance requirements, helping you stay safer on the course. Check out our Edge Baretti Golf Sunglasses line to attain this recommended level of protection.

Comfortable and Lightweight – After wearing sunglasses for a few hours, do you ever notice the top of your nose or side of your ears hurting? If you have, you shouldn’t! Real golf sunglasses, like our Oakley Flak Jacket Sunglasses, feature comfortable and lightweight materials that also place an emphasis on not sliding from your face as you concentrate on your swing.

Wearing the right pair of Golf Sunglasses is just one of the many tried and true tips to improve your game, and we’ve heard from golfers on what a difference wearing golf sunglasses and not wearing golf sunglasses can make. Have golf sunglasses improved your game? Leave us a comment to tell us how!