On-The-Job Eye Safety
February 15, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Health NewsEach day, American worker sustain about two thousand eye injuries http://www.neovisioneyecenter.com/eyeinfection.html, 10-20% of which cause temporary or permanent disabling vision loss. If there is any potential good news in all this it is the fact that basic precautions can make a big difference. Nine out of ten eye injuries can be prevented by wearing the right protective eyewear. According to one oft-cited survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, nearly sixty percent of workers who suffered eye injuries were not wearing safety eyewear. Most eye injuries sustained at word are caused by objects that are smaller than a pinhead, flying at speeds faster than a hand-thrown object. Protective spectacles, face shields, and goggles can prevent these eye injuries.
March is “Workplace Eye Safety Month”, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D.Association, and Eye M.D.s across the nation want to alert Americans to the possibility of eye injuries in the workplace. We recommend preventive vision health care for all ages. At NeoVision Eye Center, our entire staff strives to provide the optimal eye care. Please call us to schedule an appointment. Trust your eyesight to our experience. Our family-oriented practice encourages comprehensive, complete care with emphasis on prevention through early detection. We have the confidence and skills to give you the care you deserve. At NeoVision Eye Center, we will determine your eligibility for LASIK. Call for more information. P.S. Many injured workers who were wearing some sort of safety eyewear probably were not wearing side shields, which offer additional eye protection.
Shobha Tandon, MD, PhD, is an Ophthalmologist and Medical Director of NeoVision Eye Center with offices at 2 Union Square in Union City, CA and at 2500 Hospital Drive, Bldg 11 in Mountain View, CA.