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According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment every day. Safety experts and eye doctors believe the right eye protection can lessen the severity or even prevent 90 percent of these eye injuries.

The average American worker spends seven hours a day on the computer either in the office or working from home. There is a lot of research that explains the effects of blue light on your eyes, but what are the other potential hazards in workplace environments?

Potential Eye Hazards in the Workplace

Even those who do not work at a computer find themselves battling a whole host of different hazards in the workplace. If you work in a high-risk occupation, your employer should take steps to provide proper eye protection while you are on the job.

Occupations with a high risk for eye injuries include:

If you yourself are an employer, take steps to make the work environment you provide as safe as possible by conducting eye hazard assessments, removing hazards where possible, and providing appropriate safety eyewear (and requiring employees to wear it!).

Workplace eye protection is needed when the following potential eye hazards are present:

What kind of eyewear can I use for protection while working?

As noted earlier, your employer should be providing the appropriate eyewear according to your occupation and job requirements, but your selection should be based on the hazard of each activity. 

Types of eye protection include:

In order to receive adequate protection, safety glasses must fit properly, remain cleaned, and unscratched. Any of these factors could obscure vision and create additional hazards.

Using the right protection for the appropriate activity, the risk of injury will be greatly reduced and protect your eyes from any type of eye hazard. 

If you need assistance in selecting the proper eye protection, call our office and discuss your options with us today.