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Safety Glasses a Must for Yardwork

Jeff Gutkowski

With winter securely behind us here in Central PA, sleep-ins on the weekend last only so long as when your neighbor cranks up the weed wacker, or hedge trimmer, or chainsaw. Besides being louder than your alarm clock, these tools, just like all power tools, have something else in common – stuff flies everywhere when you use them.  So, don’t forget your safety glasses.

We have all heard the warnings before, but when I meet a client who has lost their vision, forever (and I meet a lot of clients with vision loss), it hits home to me that we only get one chance when it comes to our eyes. Modern medicine cannot replace an eye – at least not yet.  The best that doctors can do is to replace a cornea, the clear front part of the eye – and they’ve been doing that for almost 100 years!  So, why should it take losing an eye to finally value our vision enough to take simple precautions like wearing a pair of proper safety glasses? Working in the yard or in the garage can be hazardous if you don’t wear safety glasses. Besides, some safety glasses at least try to be stylish, now and almost every power tool manufacturer supplies one with their product.

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, over 2.4 Million people suffer eye injuries every year, and over half happen at home. Studies show that 9 out of 10 eye injuries can be prevented simply by wearing safety glasses.  In fact, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Ocular Trauma recommends that every household have at least one pair of ANSI-approved safety glasses available. But, having a pair of safety glasses won’t save your sight unless you use them. So, this Spring, turn over a new leaf when starting up that leaf blower and wear your safety glasses.


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