Over 20,000 workplace eye injuries occur each year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These injuries according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), cost an estimated $300 million a year in medical treatment, lost productivity and worker compensation. Eye injuries in the workplace can range anywhere from eye strain to severe ocular trauma that could result in partial or complete vision loss.
It can be said with confidence that over 90% of eye injuries within the workplace can be prevented with the appropriate protective eyewear. Our goal here at The Center for Eye Care and Optical is to meet the eye safety needs of the industrial worker while informing all patients on the benefits and necessity of wearing protective eyewear on the job.
Depending on the nature of some jobs such as manufacturing, welding, auto maintenance and repair, electrical work and carpentry, working conditions within those environments include multiple eye hazards. Industrial workers are at the most risk due to a variety of injury factors including chemicals or airborne foreign objects such as wood or metal chips and splashes of grease and oil.
The major reasons workers experience eye injuries while on the job is because they either are not wearing eye protection while in a hazardous environment or they are wearing inadequate eye protection. In fact, a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey of workers who have suffered injuries to their eyes revealed that three in five were not wearing eye protection at the time of the accident. Their reasoning was that they did not believe wearing protective eyewear was necessary.
To help meet the demand for eye safety, we carry many models of Wiley X eyewear. Well known for outfitting the U.S. Armed Forces, Wiley X is one of the leading producers of safety eyewear in the world. Their glasses meet and exceed American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z87.1 and OSHA requirements. Wiley X frames come in a variety of styles, giving them the normal dress eyewear “look” but still keeping your eyes well protected. In doing so, their specs include Rx ready frames and lenses that exceed high velocity impact safety standards along with facial cavity seals that block airborne debris.
We hope you will stop in and check out this unique line of safety eyewear.