New York Ophthalmologist Dr. Soo Mee Pak of Ophthalmology Partners
of Rockland in New City, New York and on staff at Nyack Hospital
shares what you can do to keep your eyes safe from harm.

Nyack, N.Y. June 28, 2013 – Almost half of all eye injuries occur in the home. Wearing the right protective eyewear can prevent more than 90 percent of serious eye injuries. Yet, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as many as two-thirds of people don’t always wear protective eyewear when they perform home repairs or maintenance. This type of eyewear, such as safety goggles or wraparound glasses protects the eyes more thoroughly than regular glasses and contacts used for vision correction.

More than 40 percent of eye injuries are caused by projects and activities including yard work, home repairs, cleaning and cooking. The Academy recommends every household have at least one pair of protective eyewear approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), for use during projects and activities that could result in eye injury.

You should wear protective eyewear when you:

  • Cook foods that can splatter hot oil or grease
  • Use hazardous products such as bleach or oven cleaner
  • Drill or hammer screws or nails into walls or hard surfaces, such as cement or brick
  • Use curling irons or other hot objects near your face
  • Open champagne bottles
  • Mow the lawn
  • Chip hedges and bushes
  • Use a power trimmer or edger
  • Use power or hand tools
  • Work with solvents

Children’s eyes are especially vulnerable. To protect them:

  • Make sure they wear eye protection when watching parents perform chores that could harm the eyes—or have them leave the area.
  • Ensure they wear sports eye protectors made with polycarbonate lenses for many activities, including baseball, racquet sports, hockey, lacrosse and paintball.
  • Practice safe use of common items, such as paper clips, pencils, scissors and rubber bands, which can cause an eye injury in children.
  • Don’t allow them near fireworks, particularly bottle rockets.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology website explains the different types of protective eyewear available, and which types of eyewear are best for activities at home, play and work. Making an investment in protective gear now can protect your eyes for years to come.


About Nyack Hospital
Nyack Hospital is a 375-bed community acute care medical and surgical hospital located in Rockland County, NY. Founded in 1895, it is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System, an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and has partnered with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine providing clinical rotations to third-year medical students. Its mission is to provide competent, innovative and accessible emergency and acute care services to the residents of Rockland County and surrounding areas.