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Eye Protection at Work

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It’s estimated that nearly one million American have had
their eyesight negatively impacted by an eye injury. And, while 90% of
workplace eye injuries can be avoided by following proper safety protocol, more
than 700,000 Americans suffer eye injuries at work every year.

Here’s how you can prevent workplace eye injuries…

  • Keep up with your regular, comprehensive eye
    Undiagnosed and untreated vision problems can be the cause of
    accidents. Thanks to modern technology, routine testing and monitoring over
    time, it’s not unusual for an eye healthcare provider to detect vision problems
    before a person even notices an issue. When your eyesight is compromised—
    whether it’s depth perception, vision sharpness, eye strain, or otherwise—it
    can impact your ability to work safely.

  • Analyze accidents. Accidents happen – and
    when they do, it’s best practice to determine the cause and if/how it can be
    avoided in the future. Sometimes a slight shift in procedure can stop countless
    unnecessary workplace incidents before they happen.

  • Follow safety protocol. Oftentimes in
    select work environments specific eyewear is mandated. Protective eyewear
    should meet Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requirements. These
    regulations are in place for a reason – they could save your sight!

  • Know proper first aid. Do you know what
    to do in the event of an eye injury? Determine clear first-aid procedures as
    appropriate for your workplace, such as eyewash stations in workplaces that
    uses chemicals or particle irritants.

  • Trust the experts. Always seek the
    expertise of an eye care professional after an eye injury. Even if it’s your
    opinion that the injury was minor and didn’t cause damage, being seen by an eye
    doctor will help detect even the smallest problem that may progress over time
    due to an eye injury.