NEW ENGLAND LABORERS CELEBRATE NATIONAL EYE SAFETY MONTH

It is a good time to stop and think about how important your eyesight is. Your eyes are your windows to the world. They need to be kept clear and in good working order!

Do you value your eyesight or do you take your eyes for granted? Listed below are 3 everyday hazards that you should protect your eyes from:

1.) Contaminants/Chemicals: Eyes need protection from many environmental assaults, including bacteria or other contaminants. Severe eye infections among people improperly using homemade saline solutions for soft contact lenses have been reported by the FDA (Food & DrugĀ 
Administration). Direct contact with chemicals is another leading cause of eye injuries. Many of these injuries, which typically occur in the way of splashes, mists, vapors or fumes, result from an inappropriate choice of protection or lack of eye protection at all. Damage from chemical substancesĀ 
contacting the eyes can often be extremely serious and even irreversible. Wear protective safety goggles when your eyes are exposed to these types of hazards. When chemical contact occurs it is important to flush the eye(s) out with clean or sterile water for 15 minutes to save the eye tissue.

2.) Ultraviolet (UV) Light: UV light comes from the sun naturally or from tanning lamps. UVB light can cause the greatest eye damage. Overexposure to intense UVB light can damage the cornea, producing a painful condition known as photokeratitis. UVB (damage to the cornea) and UVA (damage to the retina) overexposure are thought to cause lens cataracts. Sunglasses offer the best protection from UV light (better than visors or umbrellas). Be sure your sunglasses are rated for UV protection (usually rated UV400, or 95%-99% UVB protective).

3.) Foreign Objects: Impact hazards include flying objects such as dust, dirt, sand, fragments, or particles entering into the eye(s). These hazards typically result from tasks like sweeping, grinding, drilling, sawing, sanding, stapling, etc. These objects are usually very small but can cause serious eye damage such as punctures, abrasions, and contusions. Protect your eyes from these hazards by wearing safety glasses or goggles with impact resistant, polycarbonate lenses.

Eye safety, at home and at work, requires only a little education and a lot of common sense. Take care of your windows to the world and they will reward you with all the worlds visual delights!

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