Eye Protection is Within Sight
2000 eye injuries occur yearly on the job and 90% could be avoided, say authorities
March 28, 2017
In a 2012 survey by the American Optometric Association, more than half of the respondents said they value their eyesight more than their memory or ability to walk.
Every day more than 2,000 occupational eye injuries occur in the U.S.. One-third of those require emergency services and many cost workers their vision ‚Äî temporarily or permanently. The cost of eye injuries to employers exceeds $300 million each year in lost productivity, medical treatment and worker compensation. The impact on the affected individual who loses his sight is immeasurable.
The good news is that there's something you can do: More than 90% of all eye injuries could be avoided by wearing the proper eye protection. In the majority of eye injuries at home or work no eye protection was worn at all, or the wrong type was used for the hazard.
Look beyond basic protection by following these tips from Honeywell Uvex, the world's top-selling protective eyewear brand, to encourage proper safety eyewear use &endash; on the job or at home:
Choose Great Styles
Attractive styling supports consistent wear. Find modern, lightweight options such as wraparound frames, floating lenses or sophisticated metal frames.
Find a Comfortable Fit
If they feel good, you're more like to wear them. Try on eyewear that delivers snug, gap-free coverage through innovative adjustment and comfort features.
Opt for Advanced Anti-fog Performance
Fogging is the number one problem faced by safety eyewear users. Look for advanced anti-fog lens coatings that deliver proven long-lasting and consistent performance.
Block Harmful Light
The effects of optical radiation range from short-term injuries to permanent blindness. Look for lens tints designed for the specific application. Clear, gray, brown or mirrored lens tints offer suitable protection in many environments, but for extreme or unique lighting applications look for specialized lens tints designed to absorb the harmful wavelengths.