Holiday Eye Injuries to Avoid

The holidays present many opportunities for potential eye injury so it’s important to be aware and proceed with caution. Here are some common eye accidents waiting to happen and tips to avoid so you can be prepared and enjoy your holidays to the fullest!

A needle to the eye.

Many accidents can occur when proper safety is not taken in putting up and decorating the Christmas tree. Make sure you are wearing proper eye protection both when cutting and when loading your tree onto your car. If you are buying a tree, be extra careful when untying it as branches can pop out rather fast. It’s best to wear glasses or goggles during the entire process of handling the tree. And don’t forget to be careful when you are decorating! All you need is an unsteady tree stand to cause a tumble into the sharp pine needles. 

Champagne cork- Un-Happy New Year!

 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.

You’ll shoot your eye out!

 Just like the famous movie quote predicted, 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 purchase such a toy for a child, consider buying proper eye protection to go along with the gift. 

Avoid purchasing any toys or gifts that have sharp, protruding parts and make sure that any potentially hazardous toys are played with under adult supervision. When purchasing gifts, if you are uncertain about the safety of a certain toy, check out W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) or other organizations that give advice about specific toy safety.

Cosmetic Contacts

 Got a holiday party on the horizon? While you may be tempted to add a pair of cosmetic contact lenses to your ensemble, make sure they are fit properly and purchased by a licensed eye doctor. Improperly fit lenses or lenses made of unbreathable hydrogel materials can cause serious complications such as a corneal abrasion or infection.

Spray snow, and fiberglass snow

 Spray snow can be a beautiful and festive addition to your tree decorations but be careful that you are always pointing it in the right direction. Make sure the spray you purchase is nontoxic and wear safety goggles when spraying to avoid an accidental spray to the eye. Be wary of those aerosol string cans as well. Fiberglass snow has a pretty look on snow scene decorations but can really irritate and damage the eye.  Take care when handling and decorating.

Sunburned eyes

 If your holiday time includes a chance to go skiing, or to play in the snow or ice, make sure, you have your sunglasses ready. UV light reflects off snow and ice increasing the risk of sunburned eyes and potential long-term damage. Winter sun-protection is just as important as it is during summer fun in the sun.

 If you approach the holidays with your eyes on your mind, you can stay safe and avoid potential injury that could put a damper on your festivities.  Be safe and have a happy holiday season!