Bungee Cords Are A Leading Cause Of Serious Eye Injuries
Hard to believe, isn’t it? Here’s what typically happens… You’ve loaded something on top of your car or you’re tying down some odd-shaped cargo. The bungee cord is just not quite long enough. So, you pull and you pull until either the hook breaks or it disconnects from the cord. Sometimes, the hook just wasn’t placed properly and comes loose or slips.
Then, the hook, the cord, and/or the fastener come straight at your eye at up to 200 miles an hour.
There are many forms of bungee tie-downs. Some are “octopus-like” with several cords fastened together in the middle. They have different names in different parts of the world. But they all have one thing in common—they’re potentially VERY hazardous to your eyesight.
The problem is that bungee cords are super useful, super cheap, and handy. We understand! We’ve all used them! But it’s just not worth the risk.
Consider using rope or other cords that you can tie. You learned those knots when you were a kid, remember? Another possible alternative are those non-stretchy straps with the ratchet-like mechanism. They come in lots of sizes and they’re FAR less likely to snap back at you.
Please keep bungee cords away from children. And if you must use them, wear protective eyewear (not just sunglasses, but impact goggles of some kind).
If You Sustain A Bungee Cord Injury:
Many bungee cord injuries are PLENTY serious, including:
- Bleeding Inside the Eye
- Cuts to the Eye
- Traumatic Cataracts (clouding of the lens of the eye as a result of the blow)
- Retina Tearing or Detachment from the Back of Eye
- Complete Eye Loss or Blindness
If your eye is hurt by a bungee cord, it is very important that you treat it as an emergency and see a doctor immediately. That may mean having someone take you right to the hospital emergency room and making an immediate call to us. Treat this seriously. Go straight to the hospital if you’re in any doubt about what to do.
Your Eyesight Is SO Important And Valuable
Guard yourself against bungee cord accidents—AND other preventable accidents too. Here’s a short video with more details:
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