Holidays Can Be a Dangerous Time for Eyes

By December 5, 2016Blog, Eye Care

by Milan Eye Center

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for most people. Staying on the go throughout the day can be very hectic and stressful, which is the perfect way for accidents and injuries to occur. In order to stay safe this holiday season, you should take the proper precautions so that you and your family avoid as many accidents as possible. While trips and falls can be common as you are decorating your home, keeping your eyes safe from harm is an important factor that may sometimes get overlooked, but ensuring eye safety during the holidays should be something that should be at the top of everyone’s list.


Glass ornaments can be very beautiful displayed on your family’s Christmas tree. Many are passed down from one generation to the next and cherished as family keepsakes. These fragile items can be broken in an instant, and small fragments of glass can fly everywhere when that happens. If you must clean up the shattered glass, be sure to keep your eyes protected from the tiny fragments that could make their way into the eye. Wear gloves and be sure to wash your hands after cleaning the mess so that you will not accidentally get any foreign object in your eyes.

If you do end up with glass or any other foreign object in your eye, wash your hands and try to flush the object out using a saline solution or clean water. Do not try to remove any object that appears to be embedded in the eyeball and never rub your eyes. You should also never attempt to remove a large object from the eye that makes closing the eye hard to do.


Hanging Christmas lights makes everyone feel more festive during the holidays, but it can also be dangerous, especially if you have to climb a ladder or stand on something that is slightly unstable. It is possible to end up getting poked in the eye with those tiny bright lights that would cause an eye injury. Pine needles that can be found on festive wreaths and Christmas Trees can also pose as a threat to the eyes.

If you get poked in the eye with small objects that could cause some damage, first look in the mirror and examine your eye. Look for any blood in the white portion, this could be a sign of an injury, or it could also be nothing to worry about. If you are feeling pain when you look from side to side or top to bottom, you may need to contact your eye doctor. If your vision is blurry as you are looking through your injured eye, a visit to the local ER may be necessary.

The holiday season may be full of exciting events; but a trip to the local emergency room should not be one of them. By making sure that your eyes stay protected as you decorate your home; you will have one less thing to worry about during this festive time of year.