Take steps now to make your eyes safer
Did you know that nearly 2,000 people in the United States injure their eyes while working everyday? And out of those 2,000, one third are severe enough injuries to require emergency room treatment. According to preventblindness.org, 10-20% of the total amount of work related injuries will cause permanent vision loss. They also state that the right eye protection could lessen the severity, or even prevent, 90% of eye injuries in accidents! Vision is a gift – take the extra step to protect it.
What Causes Eye Injuries?
The majority of injuries that happen within the workplace are due to small particle abrasion in the eye or splashing chemical. Examples of this could be: metal, wood, UV radiation burns, or cleaning products. Additionally, health care workers, laboratory and janitorial staff, and other workers may be at risk of acquiring infectious diseases transmitted through the mucous membranes of the eye. This can occur through direct exposure to blood splashes, respiratory droplets generated during coughing, or from touching the eyes with contaminated fingers or other objects. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that almost three out of five workplace eye injuries are due to not wearing appropriate eye protection.
What is the Proper Eye Protection?
Whether it is goggles, helmets, face shields, or just safety glasses, simply wearing them will protect, and in many cases save eyesight. Health care workers especially require proper eye protection. When there is any type of eye hazard, proper eye protection should be worn at all times. To be effective, eyewear must fit properly and be effectively designed to protect the eyes based on the activity being performed. The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has standards that require employers to provide their workers with the appropriate eye protection.
The human eye is often taken for granted. While people are accustomed to eating healthy foods and receiving the proper amount of exercise, many rarely consider their vision health. When it comes to our eyes, it is most important to protect the eyesight we have been given.
Dr. Friedrichs MD, MS, an ophthalmologist and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides a wide range of treatments for adult eye conditions. For more information, visit the Friedrichs Eye website, or to schedule an appointment call 815-895-3937.