March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month and, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room each year due to a workplace eye injury. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. Welders, construction workers, electricians, plumbers, and pipefitters are at the highest risk for workplace eye injuries.
Eye injuries range from scratches to severe trauma that can cause permanent damage, vision loss, and blindness. Common causes of workplace eye injuries include: