Eye Injuries…What Do YOU Know?

We’ve all done it at one time or another, some more than others. The lens is dirty/fogging up/scratched/not comfortable/bumping your hard hat…the excuses are endless, the consequences could be permanent. Safety glasses are not mandatory in every work environment. If they’re mentioned/offered to you when you start work, it is in your best interest to make use of them. If you feel that they SHOULD be offered, then speak with your supervisor/manager.

It can take as little as a speck of dust to damage your eyes or permanently blind you. Do you know what to do in case of an ocular emergency? Here are some tips from the Government of Canada:

Specks in the Eye

Never rub your eye. First try lifting your upper lid down over your lower lid allowing the lashes to brush the speck from the inside of the upper lid. Blink a few times and let the eye move the particle out. If the speck remains, keep the eye closed and seek medical assistance.

Blows to the Eye

Apply an ice cold compress immediately for about 15 minutes to reduce pain and prevent swelling. A black eye or blurred vision could signal internal eye damage. See your ophthalmologist immediately.

Cuts of the Eye and Lid

Bandage the eye lightly and seek immediate medical help. Do no attempt to wash the eye or remove an object. Never apply pressure and be careful not to rub the eye.

Chemical Burns

Flood the eye with water immediately, using your fingers to keep the eye open as wide as possible. Put your eye under a faucet or pour water from a clean container gently and continuously for at least 15 minutes. Roll the eyeball around as much as possible. Do not use an eye cup and do not bandage the eye. After these steps have been taken, seek medical help.

For Injuries from Light Sources

If your eyes are exposed to welding rays, laser beams or other intense radiation, you may not feel any pain right away. Some four to twelve hours later, your eyes may be sensitive to light, feel gritty and be red and swollen. Keep them closed and apply cold compresses. Obtain medical treatment.

Ocular injuries don’t occur JUST on the job site; they can happen at any time, anywhere. Like many injuries, eye injuries are preventable. Take the necessary precautions so you can see your loved ones when you get home.

Call Vallen today and we’ll help you choose the best style of eyewear for your work environment.


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