Dr. Jim Martin 03/02/2016

man-wearing-hardhat.pngAccording to Prevent Blindness America (PBA), every day more than 2,000 Americans suffer eye injuries at work. Furthermore, more than a million American workers have lost some of their vision due to an eye injury. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that eye injuries at work have resulted in more than $300 million in lost time, medical expenses and worker's comp claims. March has been designated Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month in order to help reduce this number.

Safety Eyewear Is Important

Wearing safety eyewear is an effective way to reduce the risk of workplace eye injuries. According to PBA estimates, 90 percent of on-the-job eye injuries are avoidable if protective eyewear is worn. According to a BLS survey, roughly three in every five people who suffer eye injuries at work are not wearing any protection at all.

Safety eyewear should be chosen depending on the type of work being performed. Anyone passing through a work site should wear safety eyewear to prevent injuries from flying objects and other dangers. Employers are required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to provide workers with appropriate protective eyewear. Eyewear should be American National Standards Institute (ANSI) certified as ANSI Z87.

Preventing Eye Infection

There are certain fields where the risk of eye infection is particularly high. Individuals who work in healthcare, laboratory or janitorial environments should consider wearing special eye protection to reduce their risk of being infected via the exposed eye.

Protect Your Eyes Even In An Office Environment

Even if you work in a relatively safe office environment, there is still a risk of eye ailments. Computer vision syndrome (or digital eye strain) is one such ailment. Digital screens do not cause permanent eye injury but they can produce headaches, eye fatigue, focusing issues, neck and shoulder pain as well as dry eyes. Reduce the potential for computer eye syndrome by taking breaks more frequently and keeping your screen at eye level. Find out more about preventing computer vision syndrome with our free infographic.

Yearly Eye Exams Can Prevent Serious Issues

All workers should have their eyes checked on a yearly basis or as recommended by their physician. Eye exams can help spot potentially undetected eye injuries and catch early indications of serious ailments, like cataracts or glaucoma.

If you’re interested in learning more about keeping your eyes safe while on the job, get in touch with us at Broome Optical in Amarillo.

Computer Vision Syndrome Infographic