5 Important Facts about Eye Injuries Every Thanksgiving

It’s logical to assume that most eye injuries occur to those in dangerous professions or certain sports. Surprisingly, nearly half of all eye injuries take place at home, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Sadly, there are a number of accidents on Thanksgiving Day that involve the eyes and more. In the Triangle, Dr. Beth R. Friedland is well-versed in treatments for eye injuries, but she prefers that her patients take precautions this holiday season to prevent damage to their eyes.

Park Ophthalmology has compiled five realities about common risks and eye risk:

  • Dangerous holiday kitchens: Grease shields should be used over pans when there’s a risk of hot spattering grease. Also, anyone who has touched their eyes after cutting a hot pepper knows the sting and burning sensation caused by capsaicin oil, the same stuff used to make pepper spray. Revelers can even be struck in the eye by a champagne cork that explodes from the bottle.
  • Home projects: Cleaning the property for holiday guests is usually a rush assignment. Yard tools such as power hedge trimmers, lawnmowers and weed-eaters all can launch debris into the air. Drilling or hammering screws or nails into walls can also loosen material and send debris flying.
  • House cleaning: Oven cleaners, drain openers, and general household cleaners are often caustic and dangerous for the eyes. Common household products cause 125,000 eye injuries annually in the United States.
  • Read the directions: One of the easiest ways to prevent eye injuries is to read directions that come with new tools, cleaning products and appliances. There is less chance of injury when products are used as intended with adherence to the manufacturer’s warnings.
  • Use goggles for safety this holiday season: Every household should have at least one pair of safety goggles handy. These should be eyewear that carries an ANSI-approved label. This means the goggles meet the standards for eye protection set out by the American National Standards Institute.

Find out more about avoiding eye injuries with an appointment at Park Ophthalmology. Beth R, Friedland MD and her professional staff have a wealth of knowledge about eye health and eye care. Contact the office today and make an appointment for a yearly exam. If new to the Triangle, Dr. Friedland is accepting new patients.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care during Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and the holiday season is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.


The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


Park Ophthalmology

5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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6512 Six Forks Road, Suite 105

Raleigh, NC 27615

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