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July 5, 2012
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 per-
ceive depth with amazing accuracy.
Unfortunately, Australians suffer
disabling eye injuries each year and
almost all are preventable with a little
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 (e.g. snow blindness), or when
sunlight 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 mem-
brane 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 essen-
tial to purchase a wrap-around style pair
and ensure they have a high sun protec-
tion factor (SPF) rating to give as much
protection from UV radiation as possible.
Many activities also have the potential
to cause eye injuries, including everyday
tasks such as mowing the lawn, doing
jobs around the house and playing sport.
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 cor-
nea, the surface of the eye that covers the
iris and pupil, and objects may become
embedded in the cornea, requiring urgent
If you suspect you have an acute eye
problem or injury, medical assistance
should be sought as a matter of urgency.
For more information on eye care, eye condi-
tions and fact sheets visit www.visionaus-
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 equip-
ment complies with Australian
standards and that you WEAR
IT when using power tools,
hammering metal on metal,
welding or engaging in any
activity where an eye injury
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 immedi-
LOOK OUT: Don't take your vision for granted -- protect your eyes at all times. Photo: SGT Andrew Hetherington
Keeping an eye on things
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