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Stats Tell All: The Importance Of Eye Safety

By Essilor News

June 9, 2016

If you’ve ever experienced the pang of splattering grease in your eyes when cooking over a stove, or felt debris from a yard project, you’re not alone. Unlike wearing a seat belt in the car or a safety hat when exposed to dangerous construction situations, many people are not familiar with eye protection requirements in the workplace.

You may be surprised to learn that 20,000 workplace eye injuries happen each year – a statistic that cannot be ignored. June is National Safety Month, a great reminder of how hazardous everyday activities can be towards your eyes, and the importance of wearing the proper protective eyewear.

In addition to the pain and damage eye injuries cause, workplace injuries also cost an estimated $300 million a year in lost productivity, medical treatment and worker compensation.  Unfortunately, returning home does not guarantee eye safety either – accidents involving seemingly harmless household products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year, making up nearly half (44.7 percent) of all eye injuries, due to activities like maintenance, yard work and cooking.  

Whether it’s at work or at home, eye injuries are much more common than you think. The good news is you can easily protect your eyes. The fact is that 90 percent of eye injuries can be avoided by wearing the proper protective eyewear.

Essilor is dedicated to providing the safest, most comfortable and most durable eyewear in the world. Take a second to observe your surroundings, think about your safety and be sure to wear the correct eyewear for your protection. For more information from the Essilor Prescription Safety team, visit or call 800-553-9705.