Stephen Colbert, in discussing Brett Favre's most recent return to playing for the NFL, threatened to "stab him in the eye with a broken broom handle." Although this was, of course, said in jest, it brings up an important point: most eye injuries can be prevented.
According to Prevent Blindness:
Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. More than
2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries
require one or more missed workdays to recover from. Of the total
amount of work-related injuries, 10-20 % will cause temporary or
permanent vision loss.
Experts believe that the right eye protection
could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries
Common causes for eye injuries are:
- Flying objects (bits of metal, glass)
- Harmful radiation
- Any combination of these or other hazards
There are three things you can do to help prevent an eye injury
- Know the eye safety dangers at work-complete an eye hazard assessment
- Eliminate hazards before starting work. Use machine guarding, work screens, or other engineering controls)
- Use proper eye protection.
You should wear safety eyewear whenever there is a chance of eye injury.
Anyone working in or passing through areas that pose eye hazards should
wear protective eyewear.
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Well Brett, welcome back to the NFL. As a long time Packer Backer and fan of yours, I suggest you keep away from Colbert. In the meantime, Brett, drop me a line at EyeCare 20/20, and I will send you a free pair of safety glasses!!
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