Eye injuries can happen when you least expect them — especially in specific professions, or during certain sports and activities. Protecting your eyes in high-risk situations can help prevent injuries and potential vision damage.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that every day, 2,000 U.S. workers have job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment1.
Safety glasses are necessary in professions like welding or mining, or in environments where bits of material often fly around. Some examples of this debris include wood chips, nails, cement chips, and metal parts and shavings.
Prescription safety glasses are recommended (and often required) for people who need vision correction in industries like carpentry, plumping, electrical work, car repair and landscaping.
EYE SAFETY IN THE OFFICE
Spending long hours staring at a digital screen — whether on a computer, tablet or smartphone — can lead to digital eye strain. Blue light emitted from digital screens can cause digital eye fatigue and may raise a person’s risk of developing symptoms of macular degeneration at an earlier age2.
Eye safety at home
Eye injuries can happen, even in the comfort of your home or yard. Keep these tips in mind when doing yardwork, using bleach or cooking with hot oil:
Read and follow the safety instructions listed on household chemicals, store them securely and never mix chemicals.
Check your lawn for rocks, toys and other objects before you mow. This helps you avoid getting hit with flying debris.
If you’re working on a DIY project, make sure to use the right tools and wear safety glasses.
EYE SAFETY IN THE SUN
Don’t forget about protecting your eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses, sunscreen and a hat. Prolonged exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to cataracts and other serious eye problems.
If you’re working or playing outdoors, consider sports sunglasses for durability and a more secure fit. Sunglasses with polarized lenses can reduce glare when driving or spending time on or near the water.