Nearly one million Americans have already lost some degree of sight due to an eye injury. Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety group, has declared March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month to provide everyone with free information on the best ways to keep vision healthy on the job.
According to the CDC, every single day, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. Experts believe and Dr. Stewart Shofner agrees that the right eye protection could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries in accidents.
More than 25,000 eye injuries occur from the use of welding equipment and power tools every year. This important awareness covers much more than the construction industry. Whether you’re a full-time employee or a freelancer working from home, it’s important to be aware of the risks of workplace eye injuries and the various safety practices you should follow.
Wearing protective eyewear that fits, such as goggles, safety glasses, welding helmets, full-face respirators, or face shields can be your number one protection to avoid: chemical burns, thermal burns, radiation, blunt force trauma, flying particles and even exposure to infectious disease.
Those that work with computers, tablets and other electronic devices are also at risk of digital eyestrain. Symptoms may include blurred vision, dry eyes or headaches. “It’s important for those who use electronic devices for more than 2 hours to give your eyes a break every 15-20 minutes,” says Dr. Shofner. It is also recommended to sit about 30 inches away from your computer screen.
For more information and to help prevent work related eye injuries, visit weeklysafety.com or download and share this helpful information for employers and employees: “10 Ways to Prevent Occupational Eye Injuries.”
In the event of a workplace eye emergency, it is important to take action immediately and see a doctor as soon as possible. No matter what type of damage, remember to never rub the eye and if there is a foreign object stuck, do not try to remove it yourself. Dr. Shofner has treated several patients that have incurred a work related eye injury. We accept most all insurance including workman’s comp, if you have experienced an eye injury or sudden change of vision, contact Shofner Vision Center to schedule an appointment. Visit us online or call (615) 340-4733 today.