Healthy Living: Wear Eye Protection

08/10/2020
NEWS BRIEFS
Southwest Colorado confirmed COVID-19 cases by county: La Plata (269 resident, 33 non-resident), Archuleta (55 resident, 48 non-resident), Montezuma (132), Dolores (3), San Juan (6). Deaths due to Covid: Montezuma (3), Deaths among cases: LaPlata (2), Montezuma (1), sjbpublichealth.org, montezumacounty.org
Colorado COVID-19 totals: 67, 217 cases, 7, 454 hospitalized, 2,033 deaths among cases, 1,935 deaths due to COVID-19, 858, 108 tested, 681 outbreaks, colorado.gov
The Colorado COVID-19 Modeling Group reports that through late August, infection increased while hospitalizations plateaued. If physical distancing remains at 65%, we will see gradual growth in cases and/or hospital demand. covid19.colorado.gov
Governor Polis extended the face-covering order through October 12th. The next phase of re-opening is Protect Our Neighbors.

When you work on projects that could damage your eyes, you know you should wear eye protection. However, you may be surprised how many everyday activities also warrant eye protection.

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DO YOU WEAR SAFETY GLASSES OR OTHER EYE PROTECTION WHEN YOU'REGARDENING?


WHAT ABOUT CHOPPING WOOD OR FISHING?


ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY, MORE THAN TWOPOINT FOUR MILLION EYE INJURIES OCCUR EVERY YEAR.


AND 90 PERCENT OF THOSE INJURIES COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED IF THEACCIDENT VICTIM HAD BEEN WEARING EYE PROTECTION.

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[Pause for sound byte. Dr. Grant Gebhard. “We as eye physicians. . .”:26]

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REGULAR GLASSES OR SUNGLASSES WILL DO FOR MOST EVERYDAYACTIVITIES, BUT YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER SAFETY GLASSES FOR HIGH-RISKACTIVITIES.

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[Pause for sound byte. Dr. Grant Gebhard. “The type of glassesdepends upon . . .”:35]

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AND DON'T FORGET TO PROTECT YOUR EYES WHILE PARTICIPATING INSPORTS.


DOCTOR GEBHARD PARTICULARLY EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OFPROTECTING YOUR EYES WHEN YOU'RE OUTSIDE PLAYING IN THE SNOW.

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[Pause for sound byte. Dr. Grant Gebhard. “It's important toprotect your eyes . . .”:35]

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IF YOU DO INJURE YOUR EYE, SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT IMMEDIATELY TOPREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE OR INFECTION THAT MY DESTROY YOUR VISION.

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[Pause for sound byte. Dr. Grant Gebhard. “When we encounter aneye injury . . .”:39]

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SO WHEN YOU GET OUT THIS SUMMER TO HARVEST YOUR SUPPLY OF WOOD FORTHE WINTER OR YOU HEAD TO THE LAKE FOR SOME FISHING, DON'T FORGET EYEPROTECTION!


I'M DEBORAH URODA FOR HEALTHY LIVING.




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