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The Importance of Eye Protection

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022, 1:57 am

middle aged woman wearing sunglasses and straw hat while standing at balconyTaking care of your eyes is an important thing to do every day, but it is especially important if you work around dangerous materials, whether during work or for a hobby such as woodworking. Here is some information about proper eye protection and how important it is!

What kind of eye protection do you need?

There is more to eye protection than just goggles; there are different types of eye protection that will protect your eyes the best, depending on what you are doing.

You might use safety glasses, which look like normal glasses but come with durable lenses and frames to protect the eyes from flying debris and dust. If you are working with chemicals, your eye protection should be the type that wraps around the sides of your eyes, to protect you from any splashing. For extra protection from chemicals, a full face shield can help. When welding, you should not only wear a helmet, you should also wear goggles or safety glasses underneath the helmet.

Other eye protection tips

Contact lenses, of course, don’t offer any protection (and they may make things worse if something lands in your eye), and you shouldn’t wear them if you are working around hazardous chemical fumes. In other situations, though, they can make things a lot easier. They provide a wider field of vision than just glasses, and wearing proper eye protection is a lot easier and more comfortable when you are wearing contacts instead of your regular glasses.

Always check your eye protection before you put it on – make sure it isn’t scratched or dirty, and only wear protection that fits you properly. Get medical attention as soon as possible if your eyes have been injured.

Don’t end up in a situation where you wish you had worn the right eye protection. It only takes a second for something to happen that you’ll regret – and it only takes a second to put on eye protection! If you need help keeping your eyes healthy and your vision sharp, call Marion Eye Center and Optical. Contact the office in Illinois (800-344-7058) or the office in Missouri (877-269-4545) for an appointment!

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