Job Related Eye Injuries and Workplace Vision Safety are critical issues that must be considered. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health 2000 U.S. Workers sustain job-related injuries that require medical treatment each day. However, safety experts and eye doctors believe the right eye protection could have reduced the severity or even prevented 90% of these injuries.
There are four things that you can do to protect your eyes from injury:
- Know the dangers at your work.
- Use the proper machine guards, screens or other controls.
- Use proper eye protection.
- Keep your safety eyewear in good repair and replace them when they become damaged.
Do not delay getting medical attention as soon as possible following an injury, especially if you have pain, blurred vision or loss of vision. In most cases, an optometrist can provide the medical care necessary, but there are several simple first aid steps that can be taken until medical assistance is obtained.
- If you get chemicals in your eye immediately flush the eye with water for at least 15 minutes, placing the eye under a faucet, garden hose or using a clean container to pour water over the affected eye.
Do not try to neutralize the chemical with other substances and do not bandage the eye.
- After flushing the eye seek immediate medical attention.
If you get particles in your eye do not rub the eye. Try to let your tears wash the speck out or use artificial tears to irrigate the eye. If the particle does not wash out, keep the eye closed, bandage it lightly and seek medical care.
- In the case of blunt trauma to the eye, gently apply a cold compress without putting pressure on the eye. Crushed ice in a plastic bag place gently on the eye will reduce pain and swelling.
- If there is a cut or puncture in the eye or eyelid, do not wash out the eye or attempt to remove and object that is stuck in the eye. Cover the eye with a rigid shield, the bottom half of a paper cup works well, and seek immediate medical attention.
Your optometrist here at Uptown Eye Care can assist your employer to determine potential eye hazards in your workplace and what type of eye protection may be needed.
Contact Us today for a complete analysis of workplace vision safety.