Safeguarding Your Vision: A Guide to Eye Safety in the Great Outdoors

“Honey, put on your glasses!”

In the midst of cautioning Robert about chopping firewood, a small wood chip defied the odds and found its way into his eye, despite the glasses. Swiftly attending to him, I ensured he sat down, inspecting his eye for any damage. Luckily, the chip had left only a small scratch to the side of his face, narrowly missing the eyeball. Robert’s close call reinforced the importance of eye protection in our outdoor pursuits.

For years, I’ve emphasized the significance of wearing protective gear, including safety goggles, when working with wood or any materials. While we safeguard our feet, hands, and heads during camping, our eyes often go overlooked. Sight, something often taken for granted, demands our attention. It’s vital to invest in safety-approved goggles with upper and side protections for comprehensive eye safety.

In my extensive RVing experience, most eye injuries stem from foreign objects like dust, sand, or wood chips. While these particles may cause discomfort, prompt blinking can often clear minor irritations. Visible loose particles can be wiped away with a clean, moist cloth. However, if the object remains lodged, immediate medical assistance is necessary.

Embedded objects pose a more serious threat, and attempting self-removal is dangerous. In such cases, keep the affected person calm, restrict eye movement, build up dressing around the object, and seek medical help while using your first aid kit.

Eye safety is paramount whether you’re cooking over an open flame or enjoying a campfire on a breezy night. Sparks carried by the wind can pose risks, potentially leading to burns on the eyes or skin. In case of burns, cool the area with water and apply clean, moist dressings. Any burn to the eye necessitates a visit to the nearest medical facility.

Chemicals commonly found around RVs, such as battery acid, cleaners, and toilet fresheners, carry the risk of causing chemical burns to the eyes. Prompt action is crucial – flush the eyes with cool water and seek medical attention. In the case of chemical powders, brush away excess powder before flushing.

Surprisingly, eyes are susceptible to sunburn, making sunglasses a must during sunny hours, boating, or RVing in snowy conditions. Opt for eyewear that protects against ultraviolet rays, and consider polarized lenses for added safety. Remember, your eyes are a precious gift; never underestimate the importance of eye protection.

As you prepare for RV season, consider investing time in a first aid course. While you may never need these skills, being prepared ensures the safety and well-being of you and your family’s eyes. Because, in the world of camping, safety is the key to genuine fun.

Join us at E3 Camping, where we celebrate the joy of outdoor living with a community that values empowerment, aspiration, and a passion for aviation. Your vision is precious, and we’re here to help you enjoy every moment of your camping adventure safely.