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Maintaining eye health at work

Did you know that August was Child Eye Safety Month? With kids heading back to school across the country, ensuring they all have the appropriate corrective vision wear when applicable is important. Teachers and others in schools also have to pay attention to safety precautions, especially in workshops or chemistry labs. But adults in the workplace can also benefit from studying up on eye safety.

No matter what type of work you do, eye health is important. If you work in an office at a computer, then you could be dealing with eye strain if your monitor is too bright – or not bright enough – or if your workstation is not set up appropriately. In other job types, you might experience risks such as dust, debris or sparks flying in the eye. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, in cases where an injury occurs to the eye, 78 percent of individuals are not wearing protective eyewear.

Wearing the right protective eyewear is one of the easiest ways to protect your eyes. Eyewear should be worn anytime you are working with a process that could result in flying or scattered debris, splashed chemicals or excess dust. Even a tiny particle of sand or grit in your eye can do damage, scratching the surface of the eye, and a chemical or impact by a large object can cause even more damage.

If your employer is not providing you with the appropriate safety equipment in such jobs, talk to a supervisor about these needs. If you are injured on the job, regardless of safety equipment and eyewear, then consider talking with a workers' compensation attorney about your options for making a claim.

Source: American Academy of Ophthamology, "Preventing Eye Injuries," Brenda Pagan-Duran MD, accessed Aug. 19, 2016

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