Your eyes are pretty well attuned to protect themselves from danger. Think about how your eyes water when it’s dusty, or how you automatically close your eyelids when something unexpected approaches your face. These are your body’s defense systems for the eyes. During Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month, there’s a lot more you can do to protect your peepers while on the job.


Every day, over 2,000 Americans suffer an eye injury at work, and over one million have lost some sight due to this. Most of these injuries could have been prevented with the use of effective safety eyewear. In fact, it’s estimated that 90 percent of workplace eye injuries could have been prevented if safety eyewear had been used.


Of course, there are different types of safety eyewear based on the type of environment a person works in. For example, welders must wear helmets or goggles with very dark glass so that their eyes aren’t damaged by the intense light and ultraviolet radiation emitted by welding. Medical professionals wear face shields to prevent the transmission of various viruses or germs, including pink eye. Janitors or employees that work around strong chemicals also should wear splash-proof safety goggles.


The most common eye protection on the worksite is clear safety goggles, simple devices you wear like sunglasses that protect against flying objects, particles, and other airborne hazards. These safety goggles can be used for a multitude of tasks, including common chores around the house. Pruning trees, weed whacking, mowing the lawn, working on the family car, using cleaning chemicals in the bathroom, and many other hazardous jobs around the house can benefit from the proper use of safety goggles to protect your eyes.


If you work in an office environment, you might not have much risk from flying wrenches or spewing hydraulic hoses, but there are unique dangers found behind the keyboard. Computer vision syndrome can cause headaches, eye fatigue, and dry-eyes. Simple solutions for eye safety at the office can include wearing the proper eyewear to protect your eyes during prolonged computer use, such as blue blocking lenses, and anti glare coatings to help prevent eye strain and fatigue.  Sometimes it also helps to use some over-the-counter lubricating eye drops to keep everything properly hydrated.


As with every other aspect of good eye health, annual vision exams are key to catching any problems early. If your job requires safety eyewear check out our selection of Wiley-X safety glasses for the very best in eye protection. The experts at Framed Optical can help you select lenses and frames that work best with your everyday environment.