Dangerous Everyday Items That Can Damage Your Eyes

When going about your day to day routine, it’s so easy to become complacent about protecting yourself. Many of us deal with dangerous daily tasks that, if they went wrong, could lead to injuries to our bodies, faces, and even eyes. In fact, are you aware of just how many dangerous everyday items there are that could injure your eyes and leave them damaged?

It’s a good idea to take a look at the items you probably use every day without thinking that could permanently damage your eyes.  As ever, eye education is essential and so, based on research from www.contactlenses.co.uk, these are the things you should be cautious around:

6 everyday things that could damage your eyes

1.      Cleaning products

Ever noticed how many cleaning products you use in the course of your housework?  I have a cupboard full of sprays, creams and cloths. Whilst we all need to keep our homes clean, you need to make sure that none of that cleaning product goes in your eye. Always be mindful about what you are using and ensure that you are using cleaning products in an area that is well-ventilated. If possible, wear something to protect your eyes from physical damage.

Goggles can help to keep cleaning products away from your eyes, ensuring that they aren’t going to become as irritated by the presence of the numerous chemicals lingering in the air today.  Even better, investigate some eco-friendly cleaning products that you can make in your own home  – for example, lemon juice and white vinegar – but even then you still need to be careful.

2.      DIY tools

From hammers and screwdrivers to drills and saws, you need to be very wary when using these everyday items. It’s so easy to send debris flying into your eye so even if you’re just removing a few nails from the wall, you should wear something to protect your eyes and mouth.

The same applies to gardening jobs like hedge trimming and strimming overgrown grass and weeds.

Eye injuries from DIY are commonplace, so make sure you protect as much of your face as you can so that you can work freely without risking an injury.

3.      Kids toys

You should be mindful about the toys that your kids play with too. From Nerf guns to various little toys that come apart, especially if springs are involved, you need to stay alert to the potential risk to your kids’ health. Even basic household items your kids play with every day could pose a potential threat to their eyes.

It’s worth going through the kids’ toy box to see if you can identify any potentially dangerous toys and games. From things like the straws in that game of Kerplunk to the marbles in Hungry Hippo, there are plenty of toys you need to be cautious of letting your kids have without supervision. Do this and you’ll feel much safer – both for yourself and your child!

4.      Deodorant

Many of us use aerosols around the home and also where personal hygiene is concerned – for example, deodorants, body sprays and perfumes. If you tend to be rather liberal with these and use quite a bit when spraying, make sure you look away from the spray and close your eyes when spraying. Many people wind up with eye irritation and annoyance purely because they don’t pay attention to the deodorant and how strong it is.

This is why you should always look to spray deodorant in a well-ventilated room where you have enough room to make sure your eyes won’t be impacted.

5.      Eye drops

While using eye drops can be useful to help keep your eyes moist and comfortable, using them too much could create a problem for you. It’s best to avoid prolonged use of eye drops because your eyes can actually become dependent on them.

Obviously, you want to minimise the risk of any damage to your eyes as much as you can. A bit of vigilance goes a long way to make sure that, while you’re soothing the irritation, your eyes aren’t becoming dependent on drops.

6.      Your phone screen

While you might not like to hear it, excessive screen time on your TV, laptop, tablet and phone will lead to eye damage sooner rather than later – particularly where young eyes are concerned. This is known as ‘digital eye strain’ which can leave your eyes feeling burnt out and damaged. It’s a really debilitating problem and our screens are one of the most dangerous items we use every day without really thinking about this.

With people spending more time than ever looking at digital screens, it’s essential you remember to take 10-20 minute breaks regularly to protect your eyes.

Which of these common household products and issues might you be most used to dealing with?



  1. Susan Smith
    4 July, 2020 / 9:28 pm

    Would have to be the eye drops, my eyes tend to feel so dry

  2. Fiona jk42
    1 July, 2020 / 10:19 pm

    My son wears a prostheutc eye, having lost his eye to cancer when a toddler. The person who makes the eyes (which are all made individually to fit), has a book detailing all her patients, and how they lost their eyes. Some to disease, like my son, but the number of people who lost eyes to squash balls or in other sporting accidents was shocking. Also, lots of home accidents, such as the boy who slipped carrying a glass jar which broke and pierced his eye, people injured when doing DIY without safety goggles, gardening accidents (which is why they recommend putting corks on the ends of any bamboo canes used to support plants, to stop you putting your eye out), and bizarre accidents like the novice fly fisherman who managed to cast his hook into his own eye!

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