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Keep Your Eyes Safe While on the Job

Each year, thousands of Americans visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury. A significant portion of eye injuries occur in manufacturing, construction and mining. During Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, South Jersey Eye Physicians, PA is joining the American Academy of Ophthalmology in reminding employers and workers in these fields about the importance of wearing eye protection.

According to a December 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report, more than 25,000 people sustained eye injuries at work that required time off in 2013. In total, all workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment and worker compensation. Injuries range from simple strain to severe trauma, which can cause permanent damage and blindness, but 90 percent of workplace eye injuries are preventable with the appropriate eye protection.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s public education program, EyeSmart®, provides the following tips to avoid eye injuries at work:

In case of an eye injury, follow these EyeSmart® tips for Care and Treatment Recommendations for Eye Injury to learn the dos and don’ts of eye injury first aid.

For more eye injury first aid tips and information about workplace eye safety, visit www.eyesmart.org

Posted on March 02, 2016