Eye Care & Protection
According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are nearly 800,000 work-related eye injuries each year. Every day, approximately 2,000 U.S. workers receive medical treatment for eye injuries related to or sustained at work. While vision loss is one of the 10 most common disabilities, 90 percent of eye injuries are preventable.
Eye injuries occur most often among those who operate heavy machinery or equipment with moving parts and among those who work in construction. 70 percent of eye injuries are caused by an object or piece of equipment coming into contact with the eye, and 26 percent of eye injuries are due to exposure to harmful substances or environments. Each year, 15,000 welding equipment-related eye injuries and 10,000 power tool-related eye injuries occur, according to The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
These injuries come with significant costs. An estimated $300 million annually in medical bills, compensation, and lost productivity are the result of workplace eye injuries, with more than 27,000 lost work days being reported by private industry employees. For more information, review the Protecting Your Vision At Work report and this Digital Eye Strain link.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has established a wide range of standards regarding workplace eye and face protection to guard against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants.
Wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace can significantly reduce the risk of suffering a work-related eye injury.