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Preventing Eye Injuries With Proper Safety Glasses and Goggles

Each year thousands of people injure their eyes, resulting in both short- and potentially long-term effects on their vision. These injuries can have a severe impact on a person’s comfort and quality of life.

This is why it’s so important to always wear proper eye protection while at work and at home to prevent these kinds of eye injuries.

Proper Eye Protection and Common Injuries

While prescription glasses or sunglasses may offer some level of eye protection, it’s best to use specific certified safety glasses or goggles to ensure the best eye protection.

Eye Injuries At Work and At Home

Common work-related eye injuries often occur as a result of small foreign bodies, such as metal or wood shards that may impact the eye during work involving cutting or grinding.

Eye injuries can also occur when working with chemicals either as part of a person’s workday, or cleaning at home. Cleaning products such as bleach are common irritants that may get into the eye and cause potentially severe damage.

Eye Injuries While Playing Sports

Many sports can pose a high risk of eye injury as well. Our eye doctors have found that many of the most acute eye injuries are from being poked in the eye in the heat of the game, or taking a bump or blow to the eye either from the ball or from other players. Damage from these can easily be prevented if players wear sports goggles or glasses.

Whether at home, at work or out playing, proper safety glasses or goggles are the best way to protect your eyes. For more information on eye injuries and eye safety, and to speak to a qualified eye doctor about what eye protection fits you best, visit us today at .


Are face shields the same as safety glasses or goggles?

No. Face shields are not meant to be worn as the sole line of protection for your eyes against impacts or chemicals. Rather, they are supplemental protection for the entire face. Goggles worn underneath the face shield will block any vapor or liquid which may make it past.

Will all safety google protect me from chemicals?

No. Not all safety goggles are made to properly protect your eyes from chemicals. Safety goggles you get from the hardware store, for instance, may have holes drilled into the sides, making them inappropriate for use in situations involving chemicals and vapors.

Can Contact Lenses Get Stuck in My Eye?

If you’ve always wondered (or worried) about your contact lenses getting stuck in your eyes, you’re in good company. Many new contact lens wearers have this concern! To relieve your fears – no, it’s impossible for contacts to get totally stuck behind your eyes. However, they can become dislodged and get stuck beneath your eyelid. In fact, many people call our Citrus Heights, California , eye doctor for help when this happens. Usually, we can provide tips for how to remove the contact on your own, but when this doesn’t work – you’ll need to visit our team of eye doctors at EYEcenter Optometric for assistance.

Facts about when contact lenses get stuck

  • When a contact lens dries out, it can get stuck to your cornea. This happens most frequently as a result of sleeping with lenses.
  • Contact lenses can get dislodged and move out of position under your eyelid. Typically, this occurs due to rubbing your eyes or physical contact with the lenses.
  • Pieces of contact lenses can stay in your eye for a long time, unintentionally. Sometimes a fragment of torn lens gets stuck under the eyelid. Rinsing your eyes with saline will generally loosen the lens so you can remove it gently and easily.
  • Contact lenses cannot slide behind your eye, getting stuck there forever. While contacts may get lodged under your eyelid, your eyelids serve as a barrier to block anything from slipping behind your eyeball.
  • Contact lenses stuck in your eye do not seriously endanger your health. It may not be good for you, but a lens that’s stuck will generally do nothing more than cause irritation.

How can I remove a soft contact lens that’s stuck in my eye?

  1. First of all, wash your hands with soap and dry on a lint-free towel.
  2. Rewetting eye drops are pretty much all you need. Don’t be economical when you use them, because the more moisture you add to your eye, the better the chances that the lens will simply dislodge and slip out on its own. Close your eyes and blink repeatedly to disperse the lubricating fluid.
  3. If applying eye drops doesn’t do the trick, then gently massage the upper and lower portions of your eyelid until the lens comes out. The key word here is “gently,” don’t apply any forceful pressure.
  4. If a mild massage doesn’t release the lens, then grip your eyelid and flip it upwards (inside out). Look in the mirror to search for any pieces of your lens and carefully remove them. Afterwards, rinse your eye with saline.
  5. If none of these techniques work for you, double check to make sure the lens didn’t fall out already (and you’re just feeling the sensation left by mild irritation). If the lens is still there, please call our Citrus Heights, California , eye doctor and schedule an urgent eye exam.

What do I do if my hard gas permeable contacts get stuck?

If you wear hard contact lenses, you’ll need to handle a stuck lens differently from a soft lens.

Applying rewetting eye drops is an essential first step. Then, close your eyes and blink. This may be sufficient to dislodge the lens, moving it back to the center of your eye where you can remove it as usual.

With hard contact lenses, don’t massage your eyelid! This can cause the lens to scrape your cornea, leading to a painful corneal abrasion.

If lubricating the lens doesn’t help, use your fingertip to gently press your eye near the edge of your contact lens. This can break the suction, unsticking the lens so you can remove it easily. Or, pick up a special suction cup device (sold with the contact lenses products in most stores) that can attached to your lens to gently pull it off from your eye surface.

Why does my eye hurt after removing a stuck contact lens?

Generally, this is just a symptom caused by mild irritation. Sterile saline or artificial tears eye drops can help moisten your eye to enhance comfort. With a bit of time, the irritation will usually disappear.

However, if the pain persists and your eye appears red, reach out to our Citrus Heights, California , eye care center for instructions. You’ll need an eye exam to determine if any medical treatment is necessary.

At EYEcenter Optometric, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 916-727-6518 or book an appointment online to see one of our Citrus Heights eye doctors.

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