Safety - Houston Eye Associates Optical



In the US Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that every day about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. We believe that when employees are given options for appropriate protection, these injuries drastically decrease.

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Common Workplace Eye Hazards

•    Projectiles (dust, concrete, metal, wood and other particles)
•    Chemicals (splashes and fumes)
•    Radiation (especially visible light, ultraviolet radiation, heat or infrared radiation, and lasers)
•    Bloodborne pathogens (hepatitis or HIV) from blood and body fluids
•    Computer Vision Syndrome (digital eye strain)

Occupations with High Risk of Eye Injury

•    construction
•    manufacturing
•    mining
•    carpentry
•    auto repair
•    electrical work
•    plumbing
•    welding
•    maintenance

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What You Can Do to Protect Your Eyes

Dependent on your job responsibilities, different protection may be necessary for some in comparison to others.  Below are some recommended types of eye protection

•    Nonprescription and prescription safety glasses.  Safety glasses have come a long way, many look like every day frames.  It is very important that the safety glasses you select meet standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Look for the Z87 mark on the lens or frame.

Safety glasses provide eye protection for general working conditions where there may be dust, chips or flying particles. Side shields and wraparound-style safety glasses can provide additional side protection.
•    Goggles. Goggles provide protection from impact, dust and chemical splash. Like safety glasses, safety goggles are highly impact-resistant. In addition, they provide a secure shield around the entire eye and protect against hazards coming from any direction. Goggles can be worn over prescription glasses and contact lenses.
•    Face shields and helmets. Full face shields protect workers exposed to chemicals, heat or blood-borne pathogens. Helmets are used for welding or working with molten materials. Face shields and helmets should not be the only protective eyewear. They need to be used in conjunction with safety glasses or goggles, so the eyes are protected when the shield is lifted.
•    Special protection. Helmets or goggles with special filters to protect the eyes from optical radiation exposure should be used for welding or working with lasers.

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Information provided by the American Optometric Association

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