Keeping Safe from Harm at Home

Dr S S Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Hospital Fatimah Ipoh

Dr S S Gill, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Eye Health

Ipoh Echo’s EYE HEALTH series continues with Consultant Eye Surgeon Dr S.S. GILL talking to us about PREVENTING EYE INJURIES.

Eye injuries that range from minor eye injuries to serious ones, are seen daily at Accident & Emergency centres of hospitals throughout the world. Most of these eye injuries are PREVENTABLE IF the proper SAFETY TECHNIQUES & PROTECTION are used. Be knowledgeable about things in your house that can potentially damage your eyes and take heed of warnings, says Dr Gill. It is not only chemicals (covered in the last issue of Ipoh Echo) that can cause eye injuries at home, but also non-chemical hazards like these.

Common Eye Injury Risks at Home:

HAMMERING or drilling screws or nails into walls or bricks

May result in the screws or nails getting chipped-off and spinning in a projectile way into the eye. Even a simple chore like installing a lamp onto the ceiling can result in eye injuries should the loose ceiling debris get into your eyes.

KEEP YOUR  D.I.Y. TOOLS IN GOOD CONDITION

Because damaged tools can easily break or get chipped-off causing injury to the eyes, replace or repair all old power tools.

KEEP ALL TOOLS AWAY FROM CHILDREN

Children have inadvertently injured their eyes when playing with such tools. I have seen a child injured in the eye by a wood-stapler that was accidentally shot into the eye causing serious eye injury.

GRASS CUTTING

Keep everyone away from the vicinity of running grass-cutters or lawn mowers. Many people have been blinded by flying debris struck by spinning blades of the lawn mower.

Pick up all stones, toys and debris from the lawn to prevent injuries from flying objects before you mow the lawn.

PRUNING PLANTS & TREES

Sharp twigs often go unnoticed and have pierced the eyes of those who have been doing pruning without goggles.

LOOSE CARPETS & SHARP FURNITURE EDGES

Loose carpets could cause the elderly and the very young to slip and fall. Worse still is if they fall and strike their eyes on the edge of a piece of furniture lying in front of them. Be sure to cushion or pad all sharp corners and edges of furniture if you have children or the elderly in your house.

MPV (multipurpose vehicle) DOORS

Be cautious when opening the door of an MPV as the door edge is quite often at the same level as the eye. There have been people who have had eye injuries as a result of the sharp door edge grazing their eye.

HIGH SHELVES AND CUPBOARDS

Avoid jam-packing items onto a high shelf or cupboard. When taking things out of the cupboard, a heavy and sharp object can fall off only to cause serious eye injury.

SATAY STICKS AND CHILDREN

Be cautious of seemingly harmless “satay sticks” as children have injured their eyes when the satay stick has ricocheted into the eye after the meat has been pulled off the stick.

CHILDREN & TOYS

Be mindful of children when they play with darts, toy guns that shoot bullets and when they play with sparklers or fireworks. Also, remind children never to throw any objects around.

HIGH POWERED WATER JETS

Do not allow children to play with high powered water jets used for cleaning and car-washing. These water jets can cause eye injuries.

For more information, contact Gill Eye Specialist Centre at  05-5455582, email: gilleyecentre@dr.com or visit www.fatimah.com.my.

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