Eye injury is one of the most prevalent injuries in the workplace and on the sports field, but it is also the easiest to prevent. The following addresses three of the most common misconceptions related to eye injury as well as solutions to the issues they present.
- Safety glasses are not suitable for preventing all types of eye injuries. According to Achieve Safety, safety glasses are best for preventing injuries from particles or objects that come straight towards a person’s eye. In other words, a foreign object can still come in through the sides or perhaps come in under safety glasses and damage the eye.
Wearing the right type of protection for different eye hazards is essential in preventing them. For example, when performing tasks where a foreign object can get in through the sides or bottom of safety glasses, like when using a grinding wheel or rotating wire brushes, wear goggles or perhaps a full face shield plus goggles. The bottom line is to wear the correct gear for the task at hand, and one type of protection does not necessarily work for all circumstances.
- Wearing regular sunglasses or eyeglasses will not prevent sports injuries and often can make an injury worse. Eye2Brain says that fashion sunglasses and eyeglasses made for vision correction only do not protect against sports injuries because they are made from different material than protective athletic eyewear. In fact, fashion sunglasses and corrective eyeglasses often make an injury worse or even cause an injury when they shatter from a blunt force and the pieces go into the eye.
Choose the best athletic eyewear for your specific activity. A solution exists for every sport from fishing to baseball to running.
- While most people realize the damage the sun can do to skin, many still fail to realize how much the sun can also damage the eyes. In ‘Eye’ didn’t know that: 5 leading misconceptions about eye health, Lisa Rademakers addresses some of the leading misconceptions about eye health, including sun damage. The article states that there are a variety of eye conditions that can be caused by sun exposure, including cataracts and macular degeneration.
To protect eyes, wear sunglasses that protect against UVB and UVA rays. In addition, wearing an amber-colored lens can not only provide added protection but can also increase visibility by increasing contrast and decreasing glare.
While every person has unique needs with regard to protective eyewear, there is no shortage of eyewear to meet every person’s unique needs. From medical safety eye protection to sports eyewear to RX ready safety eyewear, an affordable solution exists to meet every unique situation.
Take the time to analyze your specific needs and where you feel you are most at-risk for eye injury. Then, take the time to find the best solution for avoiding one of the most preventable injuries that people sustain, injury to the eyes.