When should I wear safety glasses/eye protection?

According to the CDC, around 2,000 eye injuries occur daily in the US. Construction workers have one of the highest rates of eye injuries. Certain types of eye injuries can be severe and permanent. Prevention is better than treatment; eye protection is highly recommended for specific activities.

Occupations involving grinding metal, welding, mixing chemicals, chopping wood, lawn mowing, or construction are all at risk for eye injuries. Corneal abrasions are painful. Objects penetrating the eye severely decrease vision and increase the risk for endopthalmitis, or infection of the eye. Cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachments can all occur from these preventable eye injuries. Safety eyewear should be approved with a “Z87.1” mark on the glasses and frames-indicating superior safety from ANSI (American National Standards Institute).

Eye protection is important beyond the workplace. Sports especially racquetball and baseball, shooting sports can damage the eyes. Orbital fractures (breaking of bone around the eye) for example, can occur if hit by a baseball, or accidentally an elbow or knee to the head. Orbital fractures may require surgery.

Eye protection is simple. Sight is importation. Please be safe out there!


For addition information: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/eye/toolbox-eye.html



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