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July 5, 2012
Keeping an eye on things
JulEYE is eye health month and Dr Dorothy Coote, of JHC, says it is a timely reminder to think about how we treat
our most valuable asset.
THE human eye is a complex
sensor capable of extraordinary
feats. It's actually like a camera.
Rod and cone cells in the
retina (the 'camera film' of the eye)
allow light perception and vision.
We can differentiate colour -- up to
10 million different shades -- and both
our eyes working together allow us to
perceive depth with amazing accuracy.
Unfortunately, Australians suffer dis-
abling eye injuries each year and almost
all are preventable with a little fore-
Owing to the conditions experienced
on deployment, and the nature of some
ADF workplaces, personnel should be
mindful of the need for eye protection
The use of ballistic eye protection
on operations is an obvious example but
there are many more subtle threats.
One of the most common causes of
eye damage results from exposure to
damaging UV radiation from the sun.
In the short term, damage can cause
excessive watering of the eyes, swelling
and general irritation, including acute
sensitivity to glare.
The corneal surface of the eye can
also be severely damaged by excessive
unprotected exposure to sunlight at high
altitude (snow blindness), or when sun-
light is reflected from surfaces such as
water, sand or concrete.
Long-term UV damage can result
in the formation of cataracts, growth
of cancers on the conjunctiva, the thin
membrane covering the eye, and skin
cancers on the eyelids.
So how do we prevent these types
of short and long term sun-related eye
By simply wearing a good pair of
sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat.
When choosing sunglasses it is
essential to purchase a wrap-around
style pair and ensure they have a high
sun protection factor (SPF) rating to
give as much protection from UV radia-
tion as possible.
Many activities also have the poten-
tial to cause eye injuries, including eve-
ryday tasks such as mowing the lawn,
doing jobs around the house and play-
The workplace can also be an
unfriendly place for the eyes, with the
most common eye-related injury being a
foreign body in the eye.
Foreign bodies such as wood splin-
ters, metal fragments, sand and dust
can cause abrasions or lacerations to the
cornea, the surface of the eye that cov-
ers the iris and pupil, and objects may
become embedded in the cornea, requir-
ing urgent removal.
If you suspect you have an acute eye
problem or injury, medical assistance
should be sought urgently.
For more information on eye care,
eye conditions and fact sheets visit
LOOK OUT: Don't take your vision for granted -- protect your eyes at all times. Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington
TOP TIPS FOR EYE CARE
Wear sunglasses and a wide-
brimmed hat when outside on
glary and sunny days
Wear protective eyewear when
there is any chance of eye
In the workplace use the ap-
propriate safety eyewear for
Ensure that your personal
protective eye safety equipment
complies with Australian stand-
ards and that you WEAR IT
when using power tools, ham-
mering metal on metal, weld-
ing or engaging in any activity
where an eye injury could occur
Don't stand or walk close to
where anyone else is drilling or
Use protective goggles when
pruning, mowing or using a
Always protect your eyes
when using chemicals such as
bleach, as many substances
can cause severe pain and
irreparable eye damage if
splashed into the eye
Wear protective eyewear ap-
propriate for your sport
If you have sustained an eye
injury or have a visual problem,
seek medical advice immediately
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