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With review and feedback from Charlotte Eye Ear Nose & Throat Associates, P.A. Ophthalmologist Craig Self, MD (Statesville)

Eye injuries are no laughing matter, so when you’re working you want to do everything you can to keep your eyes safe. Fortunately, workplace eye safety is easy to implement.

How could my eyes get hurt?

Workplace injuries can run the gamut from simple eyestrain to trauma that can cause permanent eye damage, vision loss, and even blindness. As many as 20,000 eye injuries are reported in the workplace each year.

How can I keep my eyes safe?

Far and away the best thing you can do is wear protective eyewear, but it’s important to note that not every piece of protective eyewear is the same. Safety glasses with protective side shields are great if you work around flying objects, dust, or other particles. However, if you handle chemicals, you’ll want to wear goggles.

If you work with or near hazardous radiation like welding, lasers, or fiber optics, you’ll need specially-designed goggles glasses, face shields, or even helmets, depending on the type of radiation with which you work. For example, specialty filter lenses are required for specific welding activities.

All protective eyewear should comply with standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute.

Ophthalmologist Craig Self, MD

What else can I do to protect my eyes?

Implementing safety measures in the workplace can go far to protect your eyes. For example, setting up guards or screens to prevent shards of wood metal, or glass from flying or chemicals from spattering is a good preventive step.

“Remember, the best eye protection is the one that is actually worn!” CEENTA Ophthalmologist Craig Self, MD, said. “Please don't become another injury statistic.”

Caring for your eyes

If your eye has been hurt and you want an eye doctor to examine you, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at CEENTA. Our eye doctors will help keep your eyes as healthy as possible so you don’t miss a day of work.

This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. Would you like an appointment with Dr. Self? Call 704-295-3000. You can also schedule an appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.


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