Leading Australian Optometrist Gary Rodney Talks Eye-Injury Prevention Month

The month of July is Eye-Injury Prevention Month

July is Eye-Injury Prevention Month, an important time to shine a light on the rather serious aspects of eye injuries. Daily, there are an estimated 2000 workers experiencing eye-related injuries on the job, costing businesses and insurance companies millions of dollars annually; let alone the pain and costs to the injured. Of course, the major cost is one’s eyesight. Luckily 90% of eye injuries can be prevented through utilising safety eye wear. A simple precaution, yet one that goes unacknowledged by many.

Gary Rodney, Founder of Smart Vision Optometry and a leading Smart Vision Optometrist at Eyes InDesign, Mosman, emphasises the key importance of Eye Injury Prevention Month, and what individuals need to prioritise, when it comes to eyesight safety.

Many eye-related injuries can become serious should they go untreated or if the injury deteriorates, which can lead to life-changing effects such as blindness. “It is of the utmost importance that individuals, both at home and in the workplace, equip themselves with preventative measures to avoid eye-related injuries,” says Rodney.

“In workplaces such as laboratories, workshops, timber yards, hardware stores etc, or when undertaking particular work-related activities, it is highly advised that employees utilise safety eye wear. Safety goggles should be on employees, or at least always within their proximity for easy access,” says Rodney.

It is also important to wear protective eye wear during sporting or recreational activities where there can be the possibility of injury to the eyes. “Also, wearing sunglasses that give 97-100% UV protection and preferably wrap well around one’s temples should be prioritised,” says Rodney.

Some recreational activities where fire or fireworks are used can have disastrous consequences should events get out of hand. It is always important to be alert when around open fires, gas barbecues, etc or at festivals where fireworks are being used.

“The early detection and treatment of eye conditions and diseases is pivotal to both visual maintenance and health,” says Rodney. Where there is a family history of childhood eye conditions or diseases, it is imperative that children are screened for eye problems, ideally before the age of five.

“If a child experiences excessive tearing or dryness, visual changes, or flashes of light, they should visit their nearest optometrist,” adds Rodney. Smart Vision Optometry Eyes InDesign, Mosman, specialises in attending to these symptoms, providing  expert diagnosis and solution by experienced behavioural optometrists.

“Adults between the ages of 40 and 65 should book and attend an eye exam every two to four years to monitor eye health,” says Rodney. He goes on to say that, “adults over the age of 65 should attend an eye exam at least once every two years.” Smart Vision Optometry Eyes InDesign, Mosman, can also evaluate and treat numerous eye conditions like Refractive Errors, Pink Eye, Cataracts, Glaucoma, etc, while helping patients to promote optimum eye-health.

“At Smart Vision Optometry Eyes InDesign, Mosman, we promote Eye-Injury awareness and prevention 365 days a year, but July is the month where we encourage everyone to think about the health of their eyes,” says Rodney.

Smart Vision Optometry clinics are located in Sydney. Book a Smart Vision Comprehensive Vision Skills Assessment or Advanced Eye Health Test for any child or adult by calling the Mosman clinic (02) 9969 1600 or the Bondi clinic (02) 9365 5047. Alternatively, book an appointment online.

Written and syndicated by YDMA News.

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