Nearly all fishing-related eye injuries can be prevented, doctors say

Doctors from the Alaska Native Medical Center have announced that virtually all fishing-related eye injuries, in both salt and fresh water, can be prevented with protective lenses. Safety glasses should always be used when fishing.

Eye injuries can result in extreme vision loss or loss of the eye, and are not easily fixed. Prevention, rather than repair, is the most important aspect in eye safety.

"The world is filled with warnings for everything and ophthalmologists hate to raise one more voice in this symphony," the authors wrote in a column for the Arctic Sounder, "however, the necessity of wearing eye protection when people nearby are violently flinging sharpened bits of metal through the air is obvious."

The doctors stated that the most common fishing-related eye injuries occur when hooks, while under tension from the line, become dislodged from the fish, and whip back into the eye.

Commercial fisherman are advised to wear polycarbonate protective lenses, which are readily available, to reduce the risks of eye injury by hooks that are used on fishing vessels.

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