March is Workplace Eye Awareness Month

On-the-job eye injuries range from a mild annoyance to severely impacting our vision. Trying to predict when eye injuries happen is impossible; we can take precautions to limit damage to our eyes.

Less serious workplace hazards may simple cause transient irritation to our eyes. Sitting near a fan or heater can dry our eyes out.  Also, extensive reading and computer work can cause dryness as well.  Sweat can fall in our eyes, which can make our eyes sting. Thankful these are minor and are more annoying than truly concerning.

More seriously, we must consider objects or substances coming into contact with our eyes. Frequently, we treat patients who have rust fall in their eye after working beneath a vehicle.  Folks who grind steel are at risk for metal getting stuck in their eye. People working with chemicals or UV light exposure are at risk for keratitis-a painful inflammation of the cornea.

Some of these injuries require urgent care to preserve vision. Metal left in the eye too long can lead to infection and corneal scarring. Preventative eyewear specific to the activity , such as safety glasses or a welding helmet helps to greatly reduce chances of injury.  Advanced Eye Care is here to help with any type of eye injury; please call us if you’re in need.

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