Being aware of the risk of eye injury at work-as well as at home, and using measures consistent with good eye safety practices can go a long way to avoiding eye injuries. Believe it or not, every day more than 2,000 workers in the United States sustain job-related work injuries that require some type of medical treatment. Prevent Blindness America reports that 2.4 million eye injuries occur each year, with nearly 1 million resulting in some degree of vision loss. About 90 percent of these injuries are avoidable, when the right eye protection is worn, reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
The most common eye injuries are:
Cuts or scrapes from flying objects, such as metal and wood chips, that become embedded in the eye
Burns from steam, infrared light or splashes of chemicals, grease or oil
Infections from contaminated substances, such as splashes of blood or respiratory droplets or other products on fingers that are used to touch or rub the eyes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires workers to use eye and face protection whenever there is a reasonable probability of injury that could be prevented with proper equipment, such as goggles, face shields or safety glasses. The best way to avoid eye injury from household chores, activities and tasks is to wear proper protective eyewear.