Eye injuries are very common, especially in the workplace. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries every day. By working to protect your eyes, you can help to lessen the severity of these eye injuries or completely prevent them. Our team at Boston Vision work to make sure our patients are aware of potential eye dangers in their daily lives to protect them from injury.
Common workplace hazards that could cause potential injury to the eyes are:
- Chemicals (splashes and fumes)
- Projectiles (dust, metal, wood, other particles)
- Bloodborne Pathogens
- Computer Eye Strain
Many of these items could cause serious eye damage. Also, many people who work long hours in front of a computer could be slowly causing vision problems from the eye strain. To help alleviate the digital eye strain follow the 20-20-20 rule. Take a 20-second break to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.
- Auto Repair
- Electrical Work
You should be aware of the dangers of your workplace and take precautions to prevent any injuries. It is important that you use proper eye protection and keep your safe eyewear in good condition. Different types of protective wear are safety glasses, goggles, helmets, and face shields. If you sustain an eye injury, do not rub your eyes. If chemicals get in the eye, immediately flush the eye with water. For any injury to the eyes, you should seek immediate medical attention.