Workplace Eye Protection

Did you know that about 2,000 workers in the United States receive job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment each day?  These injuries can be the result of things like chemicals, burns, UV radiation exposure, or flying wood and metal chips.  It is estimated that the majority of these injuries could be lessened in severity or even prevented if adequate eye protection had been worn.

What are the two main reasons that people sustain job-related eye injuries?

  • Lack of eye protection
  • Wearing inadequate/improper eye protection 

Are there certain occupations that are more prone to eye injuries?
While every occupation and activity carries the risk of some form of eye injury, there are several that commonly result in job-related eye injuries due to lack of eye protection or using improper eye protection.  The following lists some of the more common examples:

  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Electrical Work
  • Welding
  • Machinist
  • Farming
  • Laboratory Workers
  • Sawmill
  • Mining
  • Childcare
  • Healthcare

 What types of eye protection are available?

  • Glasses and Sunglasses
  • Safety Glasses
  • Goggles
  • Face Shields/Helmets

What should you do if you have sustained a job-related eye injury?
Call your eye doctor immediately and have the injury evaluated through a comprehensive eye health examination.

Your eye doctor can work with you and your employer to make sure that your eyes are properly protected.  Be sure you know how to properly use your eye protection.  If you have any questions about your eye protection in the workplace, be sure you talk with your eye doctor.

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