Much of what we understand and enjoy about our world each and every day revolves around our vision. We are so used to seeing the world around us that we take it for granted, but each day, accidents happen in workplaces that put workers’ vision at risk. Eye injuries are more common on the job than you may think, so empowering yourself with knowledge is the first step to safeguarding your eye health. Here are four jobs that may affect your vision.
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Welding work can be a challenge for your mind and physical strength. Did you know it can be also be a challenge for your eyes? In fact, 25 percent of all on-the-job welding injuries are eye injuries. Welding is dangerous work. Because you need to stare at a bright point for an extended period of time, it can be very difficult on the eyes. Beyond the typical eye strain, welding accidents can cause very serious eye injuries. Eyes can be hurt by flying articles, radiation, chemical burns, and more. To prevent the most common eye injuries and strains, it’s important for welders to always wear safety glasses that have a UV coating when they are working.
When you work around computers all day, you probably feel quite safe. It’s not like you're facing a lot of obvious dangers, and most people don’t bother to take precautions for their health when heading into an office cubicle. However, working with computers, especially in complicated jobs like coding that require some intense viewing of the screen for long periods of time, can be hazardous to your eye health. Even if the potential damage to your eyes is not extreme, working in a computer job where you stare at the screen for long stretches of time may cause you to strain your eye muscles. It can also result in blurred vision, fatigued eyes, and headaches. Be sure to have your eyes checked frequently to make sure any potential problems are spotted early.
CHEMISTS AND LABORATORY WORKERS
Chemists may experience eye strain as part of their jobs as well. Eye protection must be worn whenever wet-work is being done. Otherwise, some chemicals can splatter or somehow get in a chemist’s eyes and cause permanent eye damage or even blindness. Safety goggles are essential. Even then, exercise caution when dealing with chemicals that may hurt your eyes.
Did you know electric shocks can cause total, permanent blindness? Electricians and others who handle live wires must be very careful for many reasons, including their eye health. If an electric shock doesn’t cause blindness, it can cause other major damage, including cataracts. Keep in mind that you must prioritize your own health, including your eye health, in any situation. No matter how much you may want to do a job, you should first assess the risks and potential outcomes. When in doubt, be sure to contact your eye doctor for advice and help.