Woman cleaning house with goggles to protect eyes

Spring might be coming to a close, but you still have time to accomplish your cleaning goals. Whether it’s touching up your home or getting your child ready for college, cleaning your house should be done safely to avoid injury, especially to your eyes. While you’re cleaning, be sure to:

Wear protective goggles

When you’re cleaning high-priority areas like the kitchen or bathroom, you might be tempted to use products like bleach, degreaser, or glass cleaner. These products have the potential to splash back if used improperly, so be sure to wear protective goggles to cover your eyes.

This is also true for any outside cleaning, such as the sides of the house or mowing. Wearing goggles can ensure that dirt and debris also do not affect your eyes.

Ventilate the room

While mopping or using heavy-duty cleaners, fumes can come from the products that are not visible. These fumes can cause your eyes to become irritated and watery even minutes after you’ve finished cleaning. Use windows, doors, or exhaust fans to remove the fumes from the area for you and others in your household.

Avoid touching your eyes

Ideally, cleaning would be completed with gloves to prevent exposure to your hands and subsequently your face. Whether you wear gloves or not, wash your hands thoroughly and carefully after cleaning to reduce the risk of getting germs or cleaner in your eyes. While you are cleaning, avoid touching your face and remove your goggles only after you have finished the task.

Dr. Veena Rao, a CEENTA ophthalmologist at our Matthews and Monroe offices, offers advice on what to do if contact does happen with your eyes. "Accidents happen! What matters most for the health of your eyes is what you do after an accident to make things better. If chemicals gets into the eye, we typically recommend rinsing the eye as soon as possible with clean water for several minutes. This will help the eye return to 'normal' sooner."

Be cognizant of your surroundings

Cleaning inside and outside of the house requires a lot of mobility, especially as you get close to the object you’re cleaning to remove those tough spots. As you’re moving around, be aware of any loose or extended objects that could damage your eye. The best-case scenario is to prepare your cleaning space beforehand so that any potentially dangerous objects are out of the way.

Keeping your home in top shape is important, just like taking care of your eyes. At CEENTA, our team of eye specialists offer a variety of services including vision care, cataract surgery, LASIK consultations, and more. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Rao at our Matthews or Monroe locations today for squeaky clean vision.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our eye doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.


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