Our Favorite Ways to Protect Your Eyes on the Job

Jan 09, 2024
Our Favorite Ways to Protect Your Eyes on the Job
Is your job ruining your eyes? Certain occupations pose a higher risk to your eyesight than others, but following our practical tips can keep your eyes safe and healthy.

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.

Which jobs pose the highest risk to vision?

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.

Construction workers

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. 

Electricians

Electrical sparks or arcs can lead to burns or other eye injuries.

Welders

Exposure to intense UV radiation from welding arcs can result in “welder’s flash” or ultraviolet keratitis, a painful condition akin to cornea sunburn.

Health care professionals

Infectious materials, chemicals, and sharp objects can lead to infections or chemical burns.

Laboratory workers

Exposure to harmful chemicals, biohazardous materials, or lasers can cause eye injuries or diseases.

Top ways to protect your eyes

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.

Use protective eyewear

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.

Work in good lighting

Ensure your workspace is well lit. Poor lighting can cause eye strain and potentially lead to long-term vision problems.

Take regular breaksFollow the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds to reduce eye strain.

Anticipate problems before they happen

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.

Get regular eye exams

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.

How we help keep your eyes safe on the job

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.