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How to keep your eyes safe

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Did you know that safety glasses can prevent 90% of eye injuries.

Did you know that a squash ball is approximately the same size as your eyeball? This is why eye injuries in squash are one of the most dangerous. The squash ball can fit inside your eye socket meaning that it can rupture your eye and cause blindness. The easiest thing to do is wear safety glasses.

If you only have good vision in one eye due to a lazy eye or eye disease it is important for you to wear safety glasses. Think of how losing vision in your good eye may prevent you from being able to drive or play sports.

If you are around harsh chemicals, I would also recommend thinking of your eyes and wearing goggles. Chemicals can cause burns to the front surface of your eye that are painful, and can cause vision loss.

60% of eye injuries happen outside of the workplace. Think about PPE and eye protection when you are putting yourself at risk.

Glasses lenses made with high quality plastic such as Pheonix or Trivex are an excellent option for safety as well as providing clear optics and are thin and lightweight. Pick a glasses frame with a full frame not a rimless design to give you more protection. The glasses should be large enough to protect your eyes so that if there is an impact the frame hits your eye socket bone and not your eyeball.

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Safety glasses are a great investment and cost $159 for a complete pair with prescription. Contact us if you want a pair of safety glasses to protect your eyes.

Written by Mindy Blumberg

Dr. Mindy Blumberg is an optometrist registered with the BC College of Optometrists and is a member of the BC Doctors of Optometry. She graduated from the University of Waterloo and moved to Whistler, BC, to live in the mountains. Mindy grew up alpine ski racing and now has a special interest in sports vision. She helps with performance vision training with the Canadian Ski Cross and the BC Alpine Ski Team. Dr. Blumberg brings expertise on post-concussion vision rehabilitation and performance sports vision. She also uses these functional vision skills and vision therapy to improve reading and comprehension in children by enhancing the visual systems needed to have academic success.
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