Safety Glasses and Workplace Eye Wellness Month

February 27, 2013

Workplace safety is often discussed in certain industries more than others. Wearing safety glasses when performing certain activities wherein dirt, chemicals, dust, or metal may enter the eye is integral to a safe approach to ocular health at work. Your workplace may even cover a pair of safety glasses in your prescription, if they are required for your occupation (don’t forget that proper ocular safety is important even off the job! Wearing safety glasses while performing activities which could risk ocular health at home is always the safest option).

It should be surprising, and even concerning, that the American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that only 35% of people polled always wear protective eye wear. Although OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) estimates that 90% of workplace injuries could have been avoided with proper safety glasses, many workers fail to use proper protection, or avoid them altogether. Although it can be a hassle to wear safety glasses, the slight annoyance is far less of a price to pay than the price one risks paying when avoiding proper eye safety material use. The risks of permanent, irreparable ocular damage are certainly much higher in severity when one avoids wearing recommended safety equipment.

Ocular eye injuries can result in temporary or permanent visual or ocular damages in addition to requiring possible numerous doctor visits, causing discomfort, and lost wages due to an inability to work during healing, if the injury is severe enough to warrant time off from work.

Picking the proper lens material for your workplace needs can be a daunting task. While glass lenses are resistant to scratches and protect against chemical exposure, they lack resistance to injuries from impact (and can, in fact, worsen injuries). Polycarbonate lenses are lighter than glass and are more likely to withstand impact. We have many options for safety glasses in our optical department and our optical staff is available to assist you in choosing the proper safety eye wear for your needs.