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Forty Percent of Job-Related Eye Injuries Occur in Growing Fields of Manufacturing, Construction and Mining

During March Workplace Eye Wellness Month, ophthalmologists stress importance of wearing proper eye protection on the job

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year, 300,000 Americans visit the emergency room to treat a workplace eye injury.[1] A significant portion of eye injuries occur in manufacturing, construction and mining, industries which are experiencing recent job growth. During Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding employers and workers in these fields about the importance of wearing eye protection.

During Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding employers and workers about the importance of wearing eye protection.

According to the February jobs report, the U.S. added 48,000 jobs in construction, 21,000 jobs in manufacturing and 7,000 in mining in January. About 40 percent of eye injuries in the workplace happen in these three industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[2]  In total, all workplace eye injuries cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment and worker compensation.[3]  Injuries range from simple strain to severe trauma, which can cause permanent damage and blindness, but 90 percent of workplace eye injuries are preventable with the appropriate eye protection.

The Academy's public education website EyeSmart® provides the following tips for avoiding eye injuries at work:

  • Wear protective eyewear whenever there is a chance of eye injury such as anywhere there may be flying debris, falling objects, chemicals and intense light and heat. This is particularly true of workers involved in welding. Among welders, their assistants, and nearby workers, UV radiation burns (welder's flash) routinely damage workers' eyes and surrounding tissue.
  • Make sure your eye protection is American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved, OSHA compliant, and is appropriate for the hazards in your workplace. If you are working in an area that has particles, flying objects or dust, you must at least wear safety glasses with side protection (side shields). If you are working with chemicals, you should wear goggles. If you are working near hazardous radiation (welding, lasers or fiber optics) you must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields or helmets designed for that task.

In case of an eye injury, follow the EyeSmart® Care and Treatment Recommendations for Eye Injury to learn the dos and don'ts of eye injury first aid:

  • If your eye has been cut or punctured:
    • DO NOT: Remove the object stuck in eye, rinse with water, rub or apply pressure to eye. Avoid giving aspirin, ibuprofen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs thin the blood and may increase bleeding.
    • DO: Gently place a shield over the eye. The bottom of a paper cup taped to the bones surrounding the eye can serve as a shield until you get medical attention. After you have finished protecting the eye, see a physician immediately.
  • In case of a chemical burn to the eye: immediately flush the eye with plenty of clean water, and seek emergency medical treatment right away.
  • To treat a blow to the eye: DO NOT apply any pressure. DO gently apply a small cold compress to reduce pain and swelling. If a black eye, pain or visual disturbance occurs even after a light blow, immediately contact an ophthalmologist—a medical doctor specializing in the diagnosis, medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and condition—or emergency room. Remember that even a light blow can cause a significant eye injury.
  • To treat sand or small debris in the eye: DO NOT rub the eye. DO use eyewash to flush the eye out. If the debris doesn't come out, lightly bandage the eye and see an ophthalmologist or visit the nearest emergency room.

"As Ben Franklin once said, 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,'" said ophthalmologist Anne Sumers, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the Academy. "It takes very little effort to protect yourself from on-the-job hazards that can cause blinding eye injuries. We strongly advise workers and their employers not to let their guard down when it comes to wearing proper eye protection."

For more eye injury first aid tips and information about workplace eye safety, visit www.eyesmart.org.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco, is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons — Eye M.D.s — with more than 32,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" – ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who has the education and training to treat it all: eye diseases, infections and injuries, and perform eye surgery. For more information, visit www.aao.org. The Academy's EyeSmart® program educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. EyeSmart provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. OjosSanos™ is the Spanish-language version of the program. Visit www.geteyesmart.org or www.ojossanos.org to learn more.


[1] http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsworkPlaceEye/

[2] http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/case/ostb3594.pdf

[3] https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/eyefaceprotection/

 

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