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It’s Moving Day | Long Island Eye Doctor

It’s Moving Day
Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

The day is finally here to move my mother-in-law out of her home of 56 years. If you have ever moved someone who has loved their home for so many years, you can relate to the feelings that they are going through. Sadness that a long chapter has ended along with fear and excitement of a new life chapter are but a few of the emotions. The same state of mind applies to the children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the dog. We will never again step foot in the house that brought so many amazing memories. But, life goes on and she is moving to a beautiful new home overlooking New York City.
The movers are here packing up everything and loading it on the truck for the big move. As an optometrist, I am keenly observant of eye safety, or lack thereof. Three young moving men are not wearing safety eyewear. Already, one of them complained that he got something in his eye and fortunately it was just a speck of dust. But it could have been a corneal abrasion from the packing paper or from an edge of a box. Or he might have bumped his eye on the corner of a door as he was blindly carrying a chair or a box to the truck.
Over the years I have seen a multitude of eye injuries in moving men and I have always attempted to educate the need for safety eyeglasses. Yet the injuries kept coming through my office door at Optix Family Eyecare in Plainview. Fortunately, only one of the injuries that I had seen over the years was serious enough to require emergency surgery. A retinal detachment from a box falling on the worker in the truck hit his eye. Likely, not even safety eyewear would have prevented this injury but the injury might not have been as serious. This worker was very lucky in that his retina was repaired within 4 hours and he happily did not lose his sight.
As I sit here waiting for the house to empty, the new owners entered with the contractor that will deconstruct and reconstruct their new home. I took this as another opportunity for me to educate the need for safety glasses in construction workers. Discussing eye safety is a passion of mine and so many of my optometric colleagues. And rightfully so as we are the experts. We see the injuries. We treat the minor injuries or refer the major ones to specialists. We need to take every opportunity to teach the community the importance of protecting their most precious sense…..their eyesight.
The truck is leaving for the new destination as we stand by the curb and say goodbye one last time. Good luck mom. We love you.
Dr. Joel Kestenbaum

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