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 exams. 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.