Workplace Eye Safety
October 15, 2019
October is Eye Injury Prevention Month, and here are tips to help keep your eyes safe at work.
Up to 90% of eye injuries are considered preventable or can potentially be decreased in severity with the proper eye protection. Common injuries are due to projectiles and chemicals, but risks also include exposure to dust, bodily fluids, and different types of radiation (visible and ultraviolet light, lasers, heat, etc.).
All protective eyewear worn for work, such as laboratory or construction jobs, must meet standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Proper protective eyewear is task-dependent: what may work for one task may not work for another.
Those who work at a desk and in front of a computer also need to be aware of factors such as lighting, glare, desk and computer setup, posture, and digital light exposure. Though not immediately damaging, if not properly addressed, some factors can lead to more eye discomfort over time.
An optometrist can evaluate the specific job safety needs and prescribe the correct glasses, safety goggles, or contact lenses to protect the eyes and keep them healthy and comfortable.
The information contained in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for any questions regarding any possible medical condition.
Eric A. Woo, O.D., FAAO, is Assistant Professor at the Arizona College of Optometry and an optometrist who supervises third- and fourth-year optometry students at the Midwestern University Eye Institute in Glendale, Arizona. The Eye Institute offers the latest technology to provide high-quality primary and specialty vision and ocular care for the entire family, at affordable prices. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit https://www.mwuclinics.com or call the Downers Grove, Illinois clinic at 630-743-4500 or the Glendale, Arizona clinic at 623-537-6000.