You love your dad, and you want him to be safe. And we all know that dad – sometimes – will jump into a project or activity before he is fully prepared. We’ve all seen the mid-project run to the hardware store, right? This let’s-get-right-into-it attitude can sometimes lead to injuries, including eye injuries.

And, let’s face it, sometimes dads can be hard to shop for. How many golf balls and neckties does one man need?

The solution to both of these issues: get dad a pair of safety glasses/goggles for Father’s Day.

Stop Eye Injuries Before They Happen

Wearing the right protective eyewear may help prevent 90 percent of eye injuries. Eye injuries can happen during all kinds of activities: yard work, cleaning, playing sports, or while doing a home improvement project. And most injuries happen because people do not take the time to properly protect their eyes with goggles, safety glasses with side shields, or even sunglasses.

What To Look For

Look for goggles or safety glasses that have a tint to reduce sun glare, light-filtering capabilities that make it easier to see certain colors (like yellow tennis balls), and polycarbonate lenses that stand up to sudden, sharp impact.

Injuries Happen

If your eye is injured, it’s tempting to think you can just flush it out with some cold water and all will be fine. However, you should always get immediate, professional medical attention. It’s not easy to judge the severity of an eye injury on your own.

Here are some first steps to take when an eye is injured before you seek professional medical attention.

Hit directly in the eye? Rest a protective shield – like a Styrofoam cup – on the bone around your eye, making sure there is no pressure on the eye itself. Seek immediate, professional medical attention.

Get something in your eye? Do not try to remove it. You may accidentally tear delicate tissue or force the object deeper into your eye. Rest a protective shield – again, like a Styrofoam cup – on the bone around your eye, making sure there is no pressure on the eye itself, then seek immediate professional medical attention.

Hit in the area near your eyes? Place an ice pack, package of frozen vegetables, or a cold cloth over your eye. Even in cases where trauma seems minor, every eye injury should be given medical attention.

Has your eye has suffered any kind of chemical burn? Rinse with fresh water for 20 to 30 minutes. Hold your head under a tap or use a clean container to pour water into your eye. Use your fingers to hold your eye open as wide as possible and roll your eye to make sure the entire eye area gets rinsed. Get immediate, professional medical attention.

DIY Dad

It might seem silly to wear protective goggles or eyeglasses, especially if the project seems quick and easy. But easy projects can be more dangerous than they appear and it only takes a second to do irreparable damage to your eyes.

Quality safety goggles are worth the investment. Polycarbonate lenses are best because they are lightweight but resist scratches and breakage. Goggles or glasses should fit snugly to your face and not have gaps for dust and debris can get into your eyes.

Don’t be cheap! Replace scratched or chipped glasses or goggles immediately. Scratches and chips can weaken the lenses.

Prescription glasses or sunglasses are not a substitute for safety glasses and goggles.

Pay attention to the wind direction. Even when protecting your eyes with safety glasses or goggles, it is important that you keep your face upwind and away from sprayers, flying debris, sawdust, etc.

Wash your hands carefully before rubbing your eyes or even touching your face. You can inadvertently transfer something into your eye from your hands.

Store safety goggles and glasses in a convenient, protected place so they are easy to find before each project

Don’t work alone. It is always a good idea to make sure that someone else is at home and available in case there is an accident. Keep a first aid kit and your phone handy as well.

Athletic Dad

Injuries can happen while playing sports just as easily as during projects. Make sure dad has the right eyewear for whatever activity he is doing. The right sunglasses will keep his eyes comfortable and protected.

Another Gift Idea

Show dad you care about his health and vision by making him an appointment to have his eyes checked. His future looks bright, make sure he can see every bit of it.