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5900 Heckert Rd.
P.O. Box 324
Bakerstown, PA 15007
724-443-6767 Phone
724-443-6730 Fax

4001 Freeport Rd.
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
724-226-0444 Phone
724-226-0744 Fax



Spring brings with it the urge to throw open the windows, let in the fresh air, and tackle those long-neglected chores. Spring cleaning isn’t just about tidying up our living spaces; it’s also an opportunity to refresh and revitalize our outdoor surroundings. From decluttering closets to scrubbing floors and clearing winter debris from flowerbeds, we throw ourselves into tasks with gusto. But amidst the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to overlook the importance of eye safety.

The Hazards of Cleaning Chemicals

Many household cleaning products contain chemicals that can be harmful if they come into contact with our eyes. Spraying, wiping, and scrubbing can inadvertently lead to splashes or fumes reaching our eyes, causing irritation or even damage. To protect yourself, always read labels carefully, use products in well-ventilated areas, and wear safety glasses or goggles when handling cleaning chemicals.

Yard Work: A Potential Danger Zone

As we transition from indoor to outdoor chores, the risk of eye injuries doesn’t disappear—in fact, it may increase. Yard work involves activities such as mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, and raking leaves, all of which can propel debris into the air. Flying branches, rocks, or even stray insects pose a threat to our eyes, making protective eyewear important.

Safety Glasses: Your Springtime Sidekick

When it comes to eye protection, safety glasses are your best friend. Unlike regular eyeglasses, safety glasses are designed to withstand impact and shield your eyes from flying objects, chemicals, and debris. They come in various styles, including wraparound frames for maximum coverage, and are available with prescription lenses if needed. Before starting any cleaning or yard work, don’t forget to put on your safety glasses to safeguard your vision.

Tips for Eye Safety During Spring Cleaning and Yard Work:

  • Wear Safety Glasses: Invest in a pair of high-quality safety glasses or goggles and wear them consistently during cleaning and yard work.
  • Read Labels: Familiarize yourself with the chemicals in cleaning products and follow safety instructions to avoid accidents.
  • Ventilation is Key: Use cleaning products in well-ventilated areas to minimize exposure to fumes.
  • Mind Your Surroundings: Be aware of potential hazards in your environment, such as loose branches or rocks, and take precautions to avoid accidents.
  • Stay Focused: Avoid distractions while operating machinery or handling cleaning chemicals to reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Take Breaks: Give your eyes a rest periodically, especially during prolonged cleaning or yard work sessions, to prevent fatigue and strain.

Eye Emergencies:

Eye Emergencies do occur and are often accompanied by pain. When should you act and seek emergency eye care? At Bissell Eye Care, we have invested in state-of-the-art technology that can look into the back of the eye to determine what steps should be taken.

Situations like getting hit in the eye, chemical burn, sudden onset of blurry or loss of vision, eye scratches, flashes of light or floaters, and abrupt headaches with or without visual impacts would qualify as an emergency and should be checked. Sudden or noticeable change in the quality of your vision must be addressed quickly.

Remember, if an eye injury does occur despite precautions, seek medical attention immediately. Your eyes are precious—protect them at all costs. Don’t hesitate to contact Bissell Eye Care at 724-443-6767 or 724-226-0444 for evaluation and treatment. Prompt intervention can help alleviate symptoms and prevent future eye damage.

Your best line of protection starts by wearing safety glasses, reading labels, and staying vigilant. So, grab your safety glasses, roll up your sleeves, and let’s make this spring a safe and sparkling one!

About Bissell Eye Care: John D. Bissell, OD owns and operates Bissell Eye Care servicing Northern Pittsburgh and Alle-Kiski Valley regions. With two locations to treat patients, we offer evening appointments. Bissell Eye Care provides comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family beginning as early as 6 months, ocular disease detection and treatment, eyeglasses, sunglasses, activewear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. We accept most types of vision and health insurance plans. For more information, visit or call our Bakerstown Office at 724-443-6767 or Natrona Heights office at 724-226-0444.