Workplace Eye Safety

October 1, 2023

Workplace eye safety is crucial to protect your vision and overall well-being while on the job. In 2019, there were approximately 20,000 reported workplace eye injuries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These statistics represent reported cases, and it’s likely that there were additional unreported eye injuries. Workplace eye injuries are not uncommon, and they can have serious consequences. However, being proactive is your best defense!  

Know the Hazards 

Understand the specific eye hazards present in your workplace. These can include projectiles, chemicals, dust, fumes, and even bright lights. 

Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 

Wear safety glasses with side shields when working with flying debris or chemicals. Choose safety goggles for tasks that require a full seal around your eyes. Ensure that your eye protection fits comfortably and securely. Ill-fitting equipment can compromise safety. Inspect and maintain your eye protection regularly as scratched or damaged eyewear can reduce its effectiveness. 

Proper Lighting 

Adequate and appropriate lighting in the workplace can reduce eye strain and minimize the risk of accidents. If you work in a bright environment, use tinted glasses or sunglasses to protect against UV radiation. If you spend most of your day on the computer, try using an anti-glare screen to reduce eye strain or ask your optician about adding blue light filter to your next pair of prescription glasses. 

Remember the 20-20-20 Rule 

Maintain good eye health by taking breaks from screens and practicing the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.  

Don’t Skip Your Eye Exam 

Your yearly eye exam allows your doctor to monitor your eye health and help you see your very best. If it’s been more than a year since we last saw you, consider getting back on track by scheduling your appointment online.