Health tips on how to steer clear of corneal abrasions have been offered by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
The cornea is the tissue at the front of the eye which helps focus light and can be susceptible to cuts and scratches.
In order to avoid such mishaps, which can result in serious eye discomfort, the AAFP says that people working with machines that emit wood, metal or sawdust should wear eye protection.
Fingernails should be kept short and clean and people who wear contact lenses should be careful when putting them in, make sure they are kept clean and never sleep with them in, the AAFP adds.
Specific contact lens solutions should be used, as the Health Service Executive in the UK recently advised that tap water or tanker water should never be used for cleaning or storing contact lenses as this could cause a rare, but serious, eye infection.
by Adrian Galbreth