Clear Vision, Safe Vision: Enhancing Eye Safety Awareness at Home and Work in District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh
Dr Chandresh Thakur and Dr Swati Dhiman
Dr Chandresh Thakur and Dr Swati Dhiman, MBBS, MS ophthalmology
Dr Swati Dhiman
Abstract: Background: This study assesses the levels of awareness and knowledge regarding eye safety at home and work among the general population of District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, India. Given the vulnerability of the eyes to various hazards, understanding eye safety is critical for maintaining overall well-being. Materials & Methods: A cross-sectional survey design was employed, with data collected from 400 adults residing in District Kangra. A structured questionnaire was used to gather information on demographic characteristics and knowledge related to eye safety. Data were analyzed using Epi Info V7 Software. Results: The study revealed that while 57.75% of participants were aware of common eye hazards at home, there was room for improvement in knowledge and preventive practices. Only 24.5% reported using protective eyewear during potentially hazardous activities at home. Workplace eye safety knowledge was limited, with 28.75% able to list common workplace eye hazards, and only 10.75% required protective eyewear at work. Training on eye safety was inadequate, with only 8.5% having received such training. Conclusion: This study highlights the need for enhanced eye safety awareness and education in District Kangra. Knowledge gaps exist in both home and workplace settings, indicating the importance of targeted educational campaigns and workplace safety programs. Collaborative efforts with local organizations could further promote eye safety in this region, ultimately safeguarding the precious gift of sight.
Keywords: Eye safety, awareness, knowledge, District Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, workplace safety, preventive measures.