Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hurricane Irene Provokes Eye Safety Alert

In a recent press release, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami warns, "As you monitor Hurricane Irene’s path -- and finalize preparations in the heart of this hurricane season – be sure to take care of your own eyes. Many eye injuries happen during storm preparations – from nails ricocheting off storm shutters and debris falling during tree trimming, to household chemicals splashing into the eyes." Bascom Palmer Eye Institute offers guidelines to reduce the risk of injury before, during and after storms. "I advise people that their hurricane supplies should include a pair of safety glasses, shatter-proof goggles or a face shield for each family member who will take part in storm preparation and clean-up,” said Dr. Eduardo C. Alfonso, professor and chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “Everyone, including children, should wear safety eyewear whenever there is a chance of injury.”Read more.

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