How do you keep your eyes safe at work? According to Prevent Blindness, nearly one million Americans have lost some degree of their sight due to an eye injury. More than 700,000 Americans injure their eyes at work each year. Luckily, 90% of all workplace eye injuries can be avoided by using proper safety eyewear.

When it comes to eye injuries in the workplace, both the worker and workplace share the pain. While the injured worker is out, due to the incident, the workplace gets hit with some pretty heavy costs and losses, too. The loss amounts to an estimated $300 million annually in medical bills, compensation and downtime, according to the Vision Council.

Whether you’re working at a construction site, an office, or anything in between, your eyes can be susceptible to damage. Desk jobs that require a lot of screen time can cause Digital Eye Strain. According to All About Vision, studies show that eye strain and other bothersome visual symptoms occur in 50% to 90% of computer workers. We have some D-EYE-Y tips on how you can curb those symptoms, here.

 

So, what can be done?

According to The Vision Council, “while vision loss is among the top 10 disabilities among American adults aged 18 years and older, 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable.” There are many ways you can protect your precious vision while on the clock. Using the proper eye protection is key.

Depending on the job and the type of hazard you are exposing yourself to (and let’s not forget your own routine vision needs), eye protection for the job could vary, from goggles, face shields, and safety glasses to welding helmets, full-face respirators, and more.

The Centers for Disease Control also recommends creating a checklist for Eye Safety in the workplace.

  • Create a safe work environment
      1. You can accomplish this by minimizing hazards from unstable debris; making sure tools are working properly and workers and volunteers know how to use those tools; and keeping bystanders out of the way.
  • Evaluate your safety hazards
      1. Identify your primary hazards and posed hazards.
  • Wear the proper eye protection
      1. Make sure the eye protection is in good condition and fits properly.
  • Use good work practices
      1. Before removing your eye protection, dust off hardhats, hair, and forehead; don’ts rub eyes with dirty hands/clothing; clean eyewear regularly.
  • Prepare for eye injuries and first aid needs
    1. Be sure your workplace is equipped with an eye wash kit or sterile saline for rinsing. Artificial tears are also a good thing to have on hand in your first aid kit.

A good thing to keep in mind is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also establish standards of safety for the employer and employee.

 

Don’t be afraid to give us a call

We understand that accidents and the unexpected may happen, especially when you least expect it, which is why we offer Urgent Care for our patients. Even if we have a full schedule, our doctors routinely see patients the same day for unscheduled eye emergencies.  We also offer an after hours call service, which will help connect you to a doctor on our team.

Your vision is irreplaceable.

If you’ve been experiencing discomfort with your eyes, please call us today at (941) 756-2020. We have three convenient locations in Manatee County to best serve you.