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6 Crazy Holiday Eye Injuries to Avoid

If you have an eye injury or and eye emergency during this holiday season, or any time, we are here to help.  The holiday season present the opportunity for potential eye injury.  Avoid these potential accidents waiting to happen so you can enjoy your holidays to the fullest!

  1. An eye-full of pine

    When putting up, decorating, or taking down your Christmas tree, it is a good idea to wear  eye protection.  When cutting down or loading your tree onto your car, be extra careful because branches can pop out quickly.  they can cause an abrasion, allergic reaction or irritation.  Wear safety goggles while handling the tree.  A wobbly ladder or an unsteady tree stand can cause you to tumble into the sharp, prickly pine needles or into sharp ornaments.   

  2. The spray snow slip-up

    Spray snow can be a beautiful and festive addition to your tree decorations.  Make sure it is pointing in the right direction and that it is nontoxic.  Wearing safety goggles can avoid an accidental spray to the eye.  The same applies to aerosol string cans.

  3. Champagne cork projectile

    Watch out for that bubbly! When opening a champagne bottle always point it away from anyone or anything breakable just in case it shoots off. That flying cork can cause a serious bruise or an eye injury if you aren’t careful.

  4. You’ll shoot an eye out!

    Toy guns and projectiles can be a tremendous danger to the eye, causing almost 20% of eye injuries during the holiday season. Nerf guns, darts (even foam darts), slingshots, water guns and any kind of shooting device, no matter how soft the ammunition, can cause serious eye damage when shot directly into the eye. Be wary of lasers as well and make sure that any laser products comply with the national regulations. Lasers and very bright lights can cause retinal damage if pointed directly at the eye. If you do decide to buy that type of toy, make sure your child is mature enough to be responsible.  

    Toys or gifts that have sharp, protruding parts are a potential hazard.  W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) is an organizations that offers advice about specific toy safety.

  5. Dangerous dress up

    Holiday parties are fun, but if you are going to wear cosmetic contact lenses, make sure they are fit properly and purchased by a licensed eye doctor. Improperly fit lenses or lenses have caused serious injuries such as a corneal ulcers, abrasions, infections, and even permanent vision loss.

  6. Eye Sunburns 

    if you are playing in snow or ice, or skiing, make sure to wear optical quality sunglasses.  UV light reflects off snow and ice and increases the risk of sunburned eyes and potential long term damage. Winter sunwear is just as important as it is during summer fun in the sun.

Approach the holidays with the eyes on your mind.  Stay safe and avoid potential injury that could put a damper on your festivities.