Health Watch — Eyes: Protection

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about saving and improving your sight. Eye injuries are a major cause of vision loss, yet most people aren’t using protective eyewear when their eyes are injured.

Dr. Preston Blomquist, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says putting on protective goggles is a simple measure that can make a big difference. You should use goggles when working with household chemicals or tools.

You can also help prevent eye injuries by following directions and safety precautions whenever using household chemicals or tools. Seek medical help immediately in case of an eye injury, such as a cut, chemical burn or a foreign object in the eye. 

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April 2007

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