Nearly 90% of all eye injuries are preventable with protective eyewear (1) and they're the cause of visual impairment in the U.S. behind cataracts. (2)
What type of eyewear do I need?
- Eyeglasses. Everyday wear but not adequate protection. If you need them, purchase goggles that fit over your frames or prescription safety glasses.
- Safety glasses. Protection for tasks such as sawing, hammering and drilling.
- Goggles. More coverage, shields against dust, liquids optical radiation or high-heat hazards.
- Z87 Plus rating on the frame. It meets standards set by the American National Standards Institute. The plus mark indicates approval for use in high-impact situations.
- Comfortable, adjustable frames that do not impair peripheral vision.
- Protective polycarbonate eyewear.
- Little to no gaps at the hinges. The bigger the gap, the more exposure to hazards.
When do I wear them?
- At work, if your job primarily involves auto repair, carpentry, construction, driving, electrical work, healthcare, laboratory, janitorial, manufacturing, plumbing and welding. Nearly 2,000 Americans suffer workplace eye injuries that require medical treatment each day (3)
- At home, most often when you're making repairs and improvements around the house, cooking foods with grease or grilling over an open flame, cleaning with strong chemicals, doing car repairs or maintenance, or using bungee cords to secure heavy loads. 125,000 Americans injure their eyes at home each year (4)
- At play, keep sports fun and eye injury-free. Try safety glasses with anti-reflective coating for outdoor activities such as hunting, shooting or fishing. Purchase goggles custom-made for athletics. And use an elastic band to help keep eyewear in place. More than 31,000 children and adults suffer eye injuries during sports (5) every year.
1 Prevent Blindness America; http://www.preventblindness.org/preventingeyeinjuries
2 'Eye Safety At-a-Glance: Protecting Your Vision at Home' by The Vision Council; http://www.thevisioncouncil.org
3 Prevent Blindness America; http://www.preventblindness.org/eye-safety-work
4 Prevent Blindness America; http://www.preventblindness.org/eye-safety-home
5 Prevent Blindness America; http://www.preventblindness.org/sports-eye-safety
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