YULETIDE EYE HAZARDS By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
You may think that eye injury season is over now that 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 decorating or car 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 what you are doing and don’t pay attention to that sharp branch or needle next to your eye. It may not hurt right away but hours later you will be in quite a bit of pain.
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 be using power tools that they are not accustomed to. Be sure to pick up safety goggles when you are getting the other supplies for the project.
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 eye injuries from direct trauma or the powder that they are packed in.
Should the accidental accident occur, we are here to help but would just as soon have you avoid the pain and trouble. Just be careful, take your time and have a safe December.
Dr. Martha Jay is a board certified Ophthalmologist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon and Saukville, Wisconsin.
For more eye care information call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com