Constructing a building is one of those occupations that require a zero margin of error because of the potential dangers even a slightest mistake may cause. Aside from mathematical, architectural, and artisan knowledge, workers in the construction industry need to have something very basic to help them perform their tasks efficiently: a clear vision and adequate eye protection.

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According to Phil Johnson, in his article for Occupational Health and Safety magazine, the advent of summer underlines this need, as summer construction work is common, even in Indiana. Expansion work on at least three interstate highways in the state has began, and Indiana University-East has also started building a new student activity center.

Eye-Related Hazards in Construction

With all these construction projects happening, workers in the industry need to take stock of their protective eye care options, noting the hazards they usually face. Johnson mentions that your eyes are particularly vulnerable to chips, nails, dust, and other fragments, and the risk of them affecting your eyes multiplies in windy conditions. The extreme heat and humidity this summer may also cause sweat to trickle to your eyes and irritate them. Sunlight, meanwhile, is always a cause of distraction during critical points of the day, while issues of nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism are things you cannot ignore when you’re building the next skyscraper.

Eye Care and Proper Eyewear

As eye health and safety are a vital part of the work done in a construction project, workers are recommended to visit an ophthalmologist or optometrist in Indianapolis to have their eyes checked. An optometry center, such as Moody Eyes Downtown, can address the vision-related problems of construction employees. An optometrist, such as Dr. Penn Moody, can perform an extensive eye test to determine if your eye problems may be affecting your work-related functions.

Once your vision problems are confirmed, the eye doctor can recommend a special eyewear to help improve your productivity on-site. You might find traditional safety goggles bulky to wear, or you may need prescription lenses to see clearly, in which case regular safety goggles won’t do. The optometrist could prescribe more advanced eyewear pieces that address your vision as well as the safety of your eyes on-site.

The article says that proper eyewear for construction workers should meet the standards of the military and American National Standards Institute for impact protection, UVA and UVB filtering, and anti-fog/moisture protection. The last is especially essential, as the lenses may cloud during temperature changes and physical exertion, and could hinder a worker’s vision during a critical moment.

Your eyes are your windows to the world. Taking care of them is crucial, particularly when you’re engaging in a high-risk profession such as construction.

Sources:

 Tips for Protecting Construction Workers’ Eyes in the Summer, OHSOnline

EYE SAFETY, centers for Disease Control and Perception

Nature of construction industry eye injuries treated in emergency departments, CDC NIOSH