Home products that might be harmful to your eyes

When it comes to eye care, there are two crucial aspects about household products to identify, recognize, and understand. The first is that the number of eye-related injuries is steadily rising. The second is that everyday household products likely cause eye-related injuries. Here are just a few household items that could be harmful to your eyes and suggestions for how to prevent potential damage.

Ammonia and other cleaners

Many household cleaners contain harmful chemicals, such as ammonia and bleach, which can irritate eyes. Remember to read the labels on your cleaner carefully and follow all instructions from the manufacturer. Don’t mix products. When using cleaners, keep the area you are working in well ventilated by opening windows and doors. Keep any spray nozzles directed away from you. Avoid using strong chemicals in small spaces.

Contact lenses cases

Contact lens cases build up a dirty film over time, even when cared for properly. This film puts you at risk for a potentially severe eye infection and long-term vision problems. Clean your case daily with disinfecting solution and let it air dry upside down. Be sure to swap out your contact lens case every three to six months to avoid eye infections.

Champagne bottles

Are you the type that likes to toast regularly with a glass of bubbly? Do you know a cork can fly up to 50 miles per hour when the bottle is opened? If the cork hits the eye, it can cause bleeding, scrapes or scratches on the eye, and even glaucoma. To help prevent injury, avoid shaking the bottle before popping the cork.


Germs thrive in mascara and other liquid eye makeup products. Even though the eyelashes are supposed to keep debris and bacteria out of the eyes, coating them with a potentially infected mascara wand is risky. It is recommended that mascara is replaced every three months to avoid the buildup of bacteria.

Small construction hardware

Hammering a nail or drilling a screw into a wall or cement can cause the object to go flying, or to send fragments off the surface. If you are working with screws, nails, bolts or any similar piece of hardware, be sure to shield the eyes with protective eyewear.

When it comes to making sure your eyes are free from debris, i-Chek™ Illuminated Eye Examination Mirror gives you the ability to see in ultra-high definition at high magnification. When you clean your eyes with i-Chek, it helps you ensure that your eyes, lids, and eyelashes are clean and free from potentially harmful household products.