491 30th Street Suite 201 Oakland, CA 94609US

Appointments: (510) 836-2122


Safety Glasses

When was the last time you put on a pair of safety glasses? Just  this week, I’ve treated three people with traumatic eye injuries. One  young man was playing badminton and was hit by the shuttlecock (the  “birdie”).  Fortunately, he suffered only a corneal abrasion and had  recovered two days later.  Because of its small size, the shuttlecock  can enter the bony orbit and directly impact the eye.  Because of how fast it travels off the racquet, it can cause devastating tissue damage  and even rupture the eye.

I helped a woman who had splashed liquid bleach in her  eye while housecleaning.  She had a first-class chemical burn to her  cornea and conjunctiva, both of which can threaten vision.  Hers will take longer to heal, but she was lucky, also—hers will heal without  reconstructive surgery.

I treated a child who was brought in by his father  after he’d fallen while carrying a pencil in his hand.  You guessed it—pencil tip into the eye.  He was especially lucky because the pencil  tip broke off in the tough sclera before piercing the wall of his eye.   He was a wonderfully trusting child, and I was able to remove the  foreign body under eyedrop anesthesia right in the office.  His vision  will be fine. 

What did these injuries have in common?  All of them happened as a result of ocular exposure to everyday items.  None of them  wore eye protection.  Two of them should have been--because their injuries could have been anticipated.  (The child with the pencil gets a pass—he wasn’t running with it or using it unsafely.  It was just an  accident.)

So what’s the solution?  We can all start by being careful and by anticipating which activities we do could possibly result in eye trauma.  Sports that involve racquets and small, high velocity balls, activities involving sharp objects, chemicals and power tools,  including lawn mowers and weed whackers—these are the main culprits.  If you’re serious about preventing eye injuries, like I am, get in the habit of always using safety glasses with those activities.  Insist your  kids do the same.  Ask about safety eyewear  at an eyeglass shop or even at a home improvement store. 

It’s easy to prevent a serious eye injury by thinking about it beforehand; from a surgeon’s perspective, it’s a lot harder to put an eye back together and restore lost vision.

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East Bay Eye Wear Doctor's Optical Services

491 30th Street Suite 202 Oakland, CA 94609

Ph: (510) 835-8975 Fax: (510)835-8977


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Public Transportation

The MacArthur BART station, on Telegraph Avenue,  is about 17 minutes walk north of our office.  A free medical  area  shuttle service, operated by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, offers a  complimentary ride from MacArthur BART station to 3100 Telegraph Ave  every 20 minutes.  Our office is just across the street from the shuttle  stop.  Please click here for shuttle information.