Whether your job requires physical strength, mental acuity, technical savvy, or all of the above, chances are you depend on keen eyesight to get it done.
Unfortunately, many professions pose inherent risks to your vision. If you work in one of these industries, it’s wise to understand the potential dangers and take appropriate measures to protect your eyes while on the job.
Dr. Maher Fanous at North Florida Eye Center helps you recognize workplace hazards that threaten your eye health. Here are our top tips for keeping your peepers safe at work.
Your eyes are vulnerable to injury and disease no matter where you work, but some jobs are riskier than others. Your risk increases when you work at a job where there’s a danger of errant objects or pieces of equipment that could hit your eyes, exposure to harmful substances, violence, animal handling, or falls and slips.
While many jobs put your eyes at risk, here are some examples of eye-endangering occupations.
Exposure to dust, debris, and flying particles can cause eye injuries like corneal abrasions. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, most eye injuries occur in the construction trades.
Electrical sparks or arcs can lead to burns or other eye injuries.
Exposure to intense UV radiation from welding arcs can result in “welder’s flash” or ultraviolet keratitis, a painful condition akin to cornea sunburn.
Infectious materials, chemicals, and sharp objects can lead to infections or chemical burns.
Exposure to harmful chemicals, biohazardous materials, or lasers can cause eye injuries or diseases.
If you experience an eye injury at work, call us immediately so Dr. Fanous can diagnose and treat it.
However, as the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so here are some practical tips for protecting your eyes and avoiding injuries.
Always wear safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed for your specific job. Ensure they fit well and provide adequate protection against the known risks.
Ensure your workspace is well lit. Poor lighting can cause eye strain and potentially lead to long-term vision problems.
Being aware of the potential threats in your workplace gives you the invaluable advantage of taking precautions. For example, handling harmful substances carefully to prevent sprays and splashes, anticipating potential violence when dealing with dangerous animals and people, and understanding what sun and screen time do to your eyes protect your vision at work.
Don’t underestimate the value of a regular eye exam. Often, Dr. Fanous discovers a problem lurking under the surface before you experience symptoms, enabling timely treatment.
Our role extends beyond prescribing glasses or contact lenses. Dr. Fanous and our team are here to support you and your eye health, especially regarding workplace hazards. In addition to regular eye exams, Dr. Fanous can advise you on how to keep your eyes safe in your specific job and ensure that underlying problems don’t progress.
Protecting your eyes isn’t just about avoiding injury — it’s about preserving your vision for a lifetime. Your career is important, but so is your sight. With the right precautions and our help, you can safeguard your vision regardless of occupation. Request an appointment online or call North Florida Eye Center in Chiefland or Gainesville, Florida.