The month of March is designated as Workplace Eye Wellness Month. This is important because the workplace is one of the most common places where eye injuries can occur. Common workplace eye injuries often occur by rubbed or abraded foreign matter, such as metal chips, dirt particles and splinters becoming embedded in the eye, or by some object striking the eye. Surface wounds, such as abrasions, scratches and foreign bodies are among the most common types of injuries to the eyes. Other workplace eye hazards can include chemical splashes, contact with adhesives, and exposure to different types of radiation.
Preventing Workplace Eye Injury
The key to workplace eye injury prevention is wearing proper eye protection! If you need prescription eyeglasses, make sure your goggles or spectacles have prescription eyeglass lenses or wear extra protection over your prescription eyeglasses. Contact lenses do not provide protection from on-the-job eye hazards. If you wear contact lenses, be extra cautious around gases, vapors, fumes and dust. Always wear protective eyewear in addition to your contact lenses.
Protective Eyewear Common Sense Tips
- Make sure you have properly fitted protective eyewear. If your safety glasses slip, or are crooked or too tight, and don’t fit correctly, please come visit us and we will adjust them to be sure you are getting the necessary comfort and protection.
- Keep your protective eyewear clean to improve visibility. Wash your protective eyewear regularly with mild soap and water or eyeglass cleaner.
- Use anti-dust and anti-fog sprays to help prevent buildup on your protective eyewear.
- Store your protective eyewear carefully to avoid damage when not in use. Any damage to lenses or shields can lessen the impact-resistance and result in inadequate protection.
If you or someone you know has questions or needs help in the prescription or fitting of protective eyewear, please contact us at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or facebook.com/baltimorewashingtoneyecenter.
Baltimore Washington Eye Center is a leading eye care practice with office locations at 200 Hospital Drive, Suite 600, Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061 and River Hill Professional Center, 6100 Day Long Lane, Suite 207, Clarksville, Maryland 21029, serving the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.