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Protect Your Eyes With Wholesale Safety Glasses And Safety Sunglasses

A recent report released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) states that eye injury is the second leading cause of vision impairment. According to the study, over 2.5 million reported eye injuries happen in the USA every year, resulting in roughly fifty thousand people becoming partially or completely visually impaired. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are nearly 2000 job-related eye injuries that occur each day that require medical treatment, with about 1/3 of the injuries being treated in hospital emergency rooms.

Both the AAO and the CDC report that 90% of all reported eye injuries are preventable by simply using the proper protective eyewear, in many cases a pair of wholesale safety glasses would suffice. The AAO goes further to recommended that every household should have a least one pair of American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved safety glasses or safety sunglasses that can used by anyone in the home who needs to perform a project where there is a risk of eye damage. Everything from DIY home renovation projects to yard work, and even household cleaning where chemicals are involved.

Who is susceptible to eye damage?

According to the report from the AAO, 48% of reported eye injuries happen to people between 18 and 45 years of age, with the remainder being split between children, ages 0 to 18, and older adults, 46 and older, at 25% and 27% respectively. Men are at a greater risk, with 73% of all reported injuries occurring in males.

Where is eye damage likely to occur?

Most people presume that the workplace, especially those involved in high-risk jobs, such as construction, would account for the highest number of eye injuries. However, 44% of all eye injuries take place in the home, while only 16% happen at the workplace. This may be contributed to the higher level of safety standards at the workplace then at the home, where the vast majority of people do not own, or use a pair of safety glasses. Sports injuries, which include recreational activities, account for 15% of eye injuries and 11% happen on the road, usually as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

How does eye damage happen?

The most common reason for eye damage is from flying debris, where 18% of eye injuries happen this way. Other types of damage can be in the form of blunt objects striking the face, such as tools or hardware, which accounts for 13%. Body parts, such as fists or fingers account for about 11% and sharp objects, such as wood splinters and glass account for 9% of all eye injuries. As previously mentioned, 90% of all eye injuries are preventable when the proper eye protection is used. Only about 50% of people who responded to the AAO survey reported that they wore a pair of safety glasses while performing some kind of project at home. This may account for the high numbers of eye injuries that occur at the home. So do yourself a favor, do not become a statistic, and always wear a pair of wholesale safety glasses or safety sunglasses when performing a home project where the risk of eye damage can occur.