Out of the nearly 2.4 million eye injuries that occur in America, more than 90 percent of them can be prevented or reduced by utilizing safety glasses and taking other common-sense precautions.

Some of the most common eye injuries at work include:

  • Flying objects (bits of metal, glass, plastic)
  • Air-blown and wind-blown particles (dust, wood, sand)
  • Tools (screwdrivers, wrenches)
  • Chemicals (gasoline, oil, solvents, acids)
  • Harmful radiation (welding arcs, UV)

At home, household cleaners and chemicals are common causes of eye injuries. Other causes include:

  • Eyelash curlers
  • Mascara brushes and other cosmetic applicators
  • Fingernails (such as when applying and removing contact lenses)
  • Lawn, garden and hand tools (mowers, etc.)
  • Air-blown and wind-blown particles
  • Bungee cords
  • Falls, bumping into walls, etc.
  • Champagne corks
  • Battery acid
  • Toys and games with hard or sharp edges

Blunt trauma (someone or something hitting your eye) causes many sports-related eye injuries. Besides another player's body, hand or finger, other causes of eye injuries during sports include:

  • A ball or puck
  • A stick, bat or racquet
  • Wind-blown and airborne particles (sand, dirt)
  • Ultraviolet radiation from sunlight
  • Paintballs
  • Fireworks