Contact Lenses are Extremely Popular

Contact lenses are worn by more than 34 million Americans in the industrial workforce. And for a good reason, contact lenses provide several benefits over prescription glasses, such as improved comfort and vision. However, while wearing contacts is acceptable in most work environments, certain precautions are necessary to avoid discomfort or injury. This article discusses various care tips to ensure wearing contacts will not cause a safety hazard.

10 Tips for Wearing Contact Lenses in the Workplace

The following 10 tips will not only help prevent such situations, but they will also make overall contact wear safer and more comfortable.

  1. Take proper care of contacts. No matter how small, dust, dirt, or other particles under the contact lens can scratch the cornea and cause severe injury or infection. In addition, diminished vision, discomfort, and inability to wear contacts for an extended time are real possibilities.
  2. Avoid rubbing the eye when a particle is in it. Instead, try to let tears naturally flush out the particle or irrigate the eye with artificial tears.
  3. Follow the advice of your eye care specialist. The proper wear and care for contacts daily are crucial for eye health, contact effectiveness, and comfort.
  4. Have a backup plan. Keep a pair of eyeglasses or extra pair of contacts handy should the contacts being worn become lost or damaged. This will ensure good vision at all times.
  5. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) whenever required. This is good advice not just for contact wearers but for everyone. Safety glasses and goggles protect your eyes from impact hazards. Plus, specific lens tints help reduce eye fatigue.
  6. Remove contacts if exposed to chemicals. Begin flushing the eye immediately in hopes that the contact will wash out and seek medical attention immediately. Note that flushing eyes after chemical exposure is necessary whether an individual is wearing contacts or not.
  7. Keep artificial tears on hand. Contacts can often become dry. For this reason, quality artificial tears can be helpful to use regularly. Read the package label carefully to understand the proper use of artificial tears. BONUS TIP: Make a habit of putting in artificial tears right before putting in contacts. Not only does this feel good on the eye, but doing so is a great way to ward off dry eye problems.
  8. Let your supervisor and co-workers know you wear contacts. This will help ensure proper safety procedures are followed if an accident occurs.
  9. Replace contacts as needed. A common mistake many contact wearers make is wearing contacts for longer than prescribed (not taking them out at night, for example) and failing to dispose of contacts when needed (such as wearing daily wear contacts for a couple of weeks). Unfortunately, doing either of these increases the possibility of your contacts becoming a vision hazard.
  10. Know situations that put contact wearers at increased risk. Environments where chemical splash is a higher risk, may not be appropriate for wearing contacts. In addition, hot and dry environments may also cause problems for those wearing contacts. Be aware of the environment in which you work and deliberately assess the condition of your contacts in those situations to decide if another option is necessary.

Contacts are an option chosen by more than 34 million Americans. Fortunately, they are not a problem in normal circumstances for those individuals working in an industrial environment providing contacts are worn and cared for properly.