Stephen Colbert, in discussing Brett Favre's most recent return to playing for the NFL, threatened to "stab him in the eye with a broken broom handle."  Although this was, of course, said in jest, it brings up an important point:  most eye injuries can be prevented.

According to Prevent Blindness:

Eye injuries in the workplace are very common. More than
2,000 people injure their eyes at work each day. About 1 in 10 injuries
require one or more missed workdays to recover from. Of the total
amount of work-related injuries, 10-20 % will cause temporary or
permanent vision loss.

Experts believe that the right eye protection
could have lessened the severity or even prevented 90% of eye injuries
in accidents.

Common causes for eye injuries are:

  • Flying objects (bits of metal, glass)
  • Tools
  • Particles
  • Chemicals
  • Harmful radiation
  • Any combination of these or other hazards

There are three things you can do to help prevent an eye injury

  • Know the eye safety dangers at work-complete an eye hazard assessment
  • Eliminate hazards before starting work. Use machine guarding, work screens, or other engineering controls)
  • Use proper eye protection.

You should wear safety eyewear whenever there is a chance of eye injury.
Anyone working in or passing through areas that pose eye hazards should
wear protective eyewear.

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Well Brett, welcome back to the NFL.  As a long time Packer Backer and fan of yours, I suggest you keep away from Colbert.  In the meantime, Brett, drop me a line at EyeCare 20/20, and I will send you a free pair of safety glasses!!

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