Health Watch -- Healthy New Habits: Eye Protection

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about healthy new habits you should consider starting this year. You may have resolved to get your house clean, so when you do, one habit to start is wearing protective eyewear.

Many common household chemicals such as cleaning solutions, detergent and ammonia can burn tissue if you get the chemicals in your eyes. That’s why Dr. Preston Blomquist, a specialist in eye trauma at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says wearing protective goggles or glasses when you work with these chemicals can help prevent injuries that could lead to blindness.

When you use these chemicals, you should also be sure to first read instructions, then point spray nozzles away from yourself or others. Use these chemicals in a well-ventilated place, and wash your hands thoroughly after using them.


January 2007

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