Monday, March 10, 2014

Work-Related Eye Trauma: Know Your Risks

You may know that there are many things that can hurt your vision—smoking, poor nutrition, computer eye strain…but did you know that your day job could create an even bigger risk to your overall eye health than you realize?

Over 300,000 Americans suffer eye injuries on the job every day without realizing the damage that occurred could be long-term. While many companies do a huge part by training their employees on eye safety if they are in high-risk positions, it’s also important to take personal responsibility for your eye safety. Here are some common ways workers injure their eyes:

  • Burns from flying sparks
  • Chemical burns
  • Welding fumes
  • Flying particles
  • Flying objects like metal or glass
  • Tools
  • Machine operator error


Even if you don’t work in a labor-intensive environment, you still may be exposed to a combination of these dangers. Be smart about your situation and protect your eyes with OSHA-compliant eye safety wear whenever possible. While it may not protect you from all injury, it can help reduce your risk and minimize any harm that may occur.  

Have you ever suffered an on-the-job eye injury? Share your experience in the comments below.

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