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The Importance of Wearing Protective Eye Gear on the Job

With about 2,000 work related eye injuries occurring everyday, it’s important to understand the value of wearing the proper eye gear for your industry and your face. If you work in an industry that involves you to expose your eyes to elements that could otherwise be detrimental to your eye health, it’s important to make sure that you are wearing the proper type of protective eye gear. Read on to learn more.

Potential Dangers

If you are a professional welder or work directly with things like saws all day long where your risk of an eye related injury is increased, then you likely already know the importance of shielding your eyes from these types of elements. However, if you work in a warehouse or work with chemicals, you might not be quite as familiar with wearing protective eyewear. The scariest aspect of an eye related injury is that it can happen in a second and can cause immediate damage. For instance, if you work around chemicals and a small bit gets on your hand and you then rub your eye, this could cause damage to your eyeball right away. Speak with your boss or supervisor about getting the right type of protective eyewear to shield your eyes from any sort of harm in the future.

eye careChoosing the Right Eye gear

Just as you wouldn’t wear a wetsuit snowboarding, you shouldn’t wear transitional protective eyewear when working primarily indoors. As one of the best ways to ensure that your eyes are getting the protection they need, it’s important that you choose the right eye gear for the industry that you work in. For instance, if you work around dust and debris, you should be looking for eye gear that shields your eyes from all angles— that way dust won’t creep up under your glasses and into your eyes. Whereas if you are working in a laboratory, you can probably get away with wearing eye gear that just protects the frontal part of your eyes— like a traditional pair of glasses.

As you can see, it’s important to shield and protect your eyes from the elements around your job. If you are worried that your eyes might become damaged, contact Dr. Steve Thom to learn more about what kind of protective eyewear you should invest in and why.


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