Eye injuries at work are expensive for employers, obviously painful and disruptive for employees, and largely preventable. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says that 90 percent of all eye injuries could be avoided by simply wearing proper eye protection.
While most eye injuries occur in manufacturing and construction industries due to flying debris and chemicals, Prevent Blindnes, a volunteer eye health and safety group, cautions that overuse of digital devices is fast becoming a problem as well. The group says nine-in-ten adults spend more than two hours a day on a digital device such as a cell phone or computer, and one-in-ten will spend 75 percent of their waking days on a device. This is leading to eye strain, neck and back pain, as well as headaches. Other symptoms of eye strain include dry and irritated eyes, blurred vision, and eye fatigue.
Workplace eye injuries cost employers an estimated $300 million a year on lost productivity, medical expenses, and workers compensation insurance claims, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The typical cost of protective eyewear can range from $10 on up to $250 for more specialized and prescription frames. When nearly 1,000 injuries happen in the workplace every day, it’s a small price to pay for keeping eyes safe.
All About Eyes has recently received new protective eyewear to choose from as well as OSHA approved profession-specific eyewear. Why not stop in at our offices to see which frames will work for you?