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HHS HealthBeat (July 3, 2013)

Eyeballing the lawn


HHS HealthBeat: A man mows the lawn.

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Eye Safety

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

Have you ever thought maybe the grass does not want to be cut? Consider that lawns can fight back with a sharp poke in the eye. Mowing the lawn with a power mower can kick up sticks and stones high enough and hard enough to do serious damage to an unprotected eye.

Eye doctor Rachel Bishop of the National Institutes of Health notes that protection is easy to get and can make a big safety difference in yard work:

“They sell these kinds of protective eyewear in eyeglass shops, in sports shops, in hardware stores. So this is easy to find. And the materials are light and comfortable.”

Look for glasses marked ANSI Z78.1, which meet the American National Standards Institute’s requirements. Bishop says they can stop a 90 mile-an-hour golf ball.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: July 25, 2013