Eye injuries typically aren’t the first thing most of us think of when we hear about workplace accidents. But, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) reports that every day about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain workplace eye injuries. With the right protection, we can drastically cut that number.

How to Protect Your Eyes on the Job Barry Wasserman

The Leading Causes of Eye Injuries

Chemicals: Cleaning products and chemicals used in certain industries can easily come into contact with your eyes if you’re not wearing goggles. But direct contact isn’t the only way to damage your eyes. The fumes from chemicals can also be damaging.

Projectiles: Actions like cutting and drilling can easily lodge dangerous projectiles into the air.

Radiation: Ultraviolet light, infrared radiation, and lasers can be incredibly damaging to your eyes.

Computers: Looking at a computer for too long can strain the muscles in your eyes and lead to fatigue. In severe cases, muscles can become so tired that they’re unable to focus on a fixed point.

Head Injuries: A blow to the head, or bad fall can damage your brain or ocular nerves and cause permanent vision damage.

How You Can Protect Your Eyes

  • Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays by always wearing sunglasses while working outside.
  • Wear goggles whenever you’re working around machinery.
  • Utilize face shields and helmets whenever working around chemicals or at a construction site.
  • Give your eyes a break from the computer by taking a walk around your office every hour or so.


Maintaining and improving your vision is our number one priority. Dr. Barry Wasserman’s acclaimed vision practice strives to bring our patients the very best service possible. From a sharp attention to detail to outstanding quality assurance, our team is simply second to none. As leaders in the vision industry, we aim to provide exceptional outcomes for each patient. We truly care about making a difference in the lives of the patients we serve. Come and see for yourself!

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