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Protective Eyewear: An Essential Tool for Work and Play

Protective eyewear is an essential tool for safeguarding your eyes during work or play.

When speaking the word “eyewear”, many will picture glasses to help one see clearer or sunglasses to protect one’s eyes from the sun. Yet, protective eyewear is often forgotten. Regardless of the need for corrective lenses, protective eyewear is necessary for many professions, hobbies, and sports. 

Our eyes are left vulnerable to many risk factors when choosing not to wear protective eyewear. Think of how many times you were outside on a windy day — did you get something in your eye? Now imagine working or playing in high-risk or long-exposure situations. 

Risk in the office

In a previous blog, we spoke about eye strain and the symptoms of prolonged use of digital devices (phones, tablets, and computers). Long exposure to the blue light emitting from your screen can cause eye strain, headache, fatigue, and more. To prevent this, wearing glasses that are made specifically for blue light can help reduce these symptoms. Bonus – opt for lenses that reduce glare from light and screens. 

Risk in the field

Office jobs typically have an additional layer of protection, being that one is working inside and not out in the elements or with a substance or tool that can damage the eye. Jobs out in the field — farmer, construction worker, welder, plumber, scientist, painter, etc. — are opened up to a new load of risks. These jobs can result in the accidental dislodging of particles, chemicals, or bacteria in the eye. Safety goggles, face shields, and even protective helmets will aid in decreasing the risk of damage to one’s eyes.  

Risk during hobbies 

Off the clock, many of us have hobbies that many seem safe but have the danger of eye damage looming around the corner. Woodworking, crafting, gardening, cycling, running, playing catch… the list goes on. Loose debris or flying objects can happen at any moment and can become displaced in or bruise your eye. 

In short, although it may feel goofy to wear protective eyewear, it is best to be safe than sorry. Protect your eyes! 

Routine visits to your eye care professional will keep track of your eye health and bring attention to any concerns or discomfort. When speaking with your doctor, make sure to mention your amount of screen time, workplace, and hobbies to narrow down the discomfort or possible changes in vision. Your doctor may recommend other tips and practices to help with eye strain and safety. Our trained staff will work with you to diagnose any vision problems and suggest the best treatment options and corrective and protective measures for your eyes. Schedule an appointment or visit us today!