Posted by: Kelley Dees | June 28, 2011

Eye Injury Prevention

July is Eye Injury Prevention Month! Eye injuries occur at a rate of more than 2,000 per day. It’s estimated that 1,000 eye injuries occur daily in workplaces alone. Almost 70% of the eye injuries were found to occur from falling or flying objects, or from sparks striking the eye.

The best way to prevent injury to the eyes is to always wear the appropriate eye protection. Approximately three out of every five workers injured were either not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident or wearing the wrong kind of eye protection for the job.

An example of safety eyewear

To be effective, eyewear must fit properly and be designed to effectively protect workers while they work. It’s estimated that over 90% of eye injuries are preventable with the use of proper safety eyewear. The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) has standards that require employers to provide their workers with the appropriate eye protection.

In addition to proper safety eyewear, early detection and treatment of eye conditions and diseases are essential steps to maintaining good vision at every stage of life. Adults between the ages of 40 to 65 should have an eye exam every two to four years. Adults over the age of 65 should have an eye exam every one to two years.

Ultimately, the key to preventing eye injuries is to take a more proactive approach to sustaining healthy vision!

To learn more about preventing eye injuries, visit:

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Federal Occupational Health Agency.

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Responses

  1. The workplace is for 1000 eye injuries every day, but more the result of an eye injury. Each eye injuries can potentially end up in a loss of vision or and should therefore be evaluated and given appropriate treatment promptly. That is when you realize how important your vision and how even the slightest eye injury can change the way you live your life.

    • Eye injuries certainly change the way we have to live our lives. That is why it’s so important to work to prevent injuries in the first place. Thanks for reading our blog!


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