March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, which is an excellent opportunity to remind your patients about protecting their eyes at work. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, about 25,000 people in the United States visit the emergency room each year because of a work-related eye injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that workplace eye injuries cost more than $300 million a year in medical treatment, lost productivity and worker’s compensation. Fortunately, about 90 percent of these eye injuries are preventable.
When you hear about eye injuries, most people think of jobs involving physical labor such as construction, auto repairs or maintenance. However, many other occupations can put eye health at risk.
Some common workplace hazards include:
Recommend Proper Eyewear for the Workplace
When discussing eye health with patients, inquire about their occupation to uncover any specific needs. You can consult OSHA to find out eye protection standards for different professions. Safety glasses must also meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.
Here are some general guidelines from the American Optometric Association:
Additionally, a majority of workers across all professions spend several hours on a computer, smartphone or tablet. There is a growing need for specific eyewear to protect against digital eye strain.
Drive Optical Sales With a Second Pair
You can help patients protect their eye health by recommending a second pair of eyewear for their workplace needs. At R&D Optical, we specialize in occupational eyewear, including prescription safety glasses, suitable for mechanics, plumbers, electricians, pilots, athletes and more.
We offer frames from high-quality providers including: Art Craft Workforce, ArmorX, On-Guard, Hudson Protective Eyewear and Titmus. Also, we offer our optical providers a 20 percent discount off the entire job (including the frame) for all safety eyewear. Our turnaround times are very fast and our quality is impeccable. Please visit our website or call us at 513-273-4034 to learn more about our safety eyewear and other optical products. And for more tips and our latest updates, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or LinkedIn!
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