YULETIDE EYE HAZARDS By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin (near Cedarburg, Grafton, River Hills and other North Shore Communities)
You may think that eye injury season is over now that most outdoor sports are only a memory but think again! This is the time of year when we start seeing holiday related eye injuries due to festive decorating or automobile accidents.
A perennial favorite is the Christmas tree injury. This can happen while cutting down the tree, moving the tree or decorating it. You are looking at where you are cutting the tree or placing that precious ornament but don’t notice the adjacent branch near your eye. This type of injury may not hurt initially but hours later significant eye pain may develop.
Hanging decorations are another potential hazard. They are temporarily secured with tape or tacks but that doesn’t mean they will stay there! Watch for falling ornaments or other forms of holiday cheer.
It’s also a dangerous place out there in Santa’s workshop. Santa’s helpers may not be accustomed to using power tools needed for that surprise project. Also, be sure to pick up safety goggles when gathering the other supplies needed.
On a more serious note, you want to drive defensively to avoid impaired drivers returning from Holiday parties. While air bags may save your life in a collision, they also can result in significant eye injuries by hitting your eyes and face or from abrasions caused by the powder they are packed in.
Should an accident occur affecting your eyes, we are here to help but would just as soon have you avoid the pain and trouble. So be careful, take your time and have a safe December. Happy Holidays!
Dr. Mark German is an Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals who specializes in comprehensive eye care for all ages, especially those interested in contact lenses. He welcomes the challenge of patients who have had difficulty finding a proper contact lens fit in the past, whether due to comfort or vision.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.