Unfortunately, eye injuries in the workplace are not a rare occurrence. According to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, eye injuries are happening to Canadians at a rate of about 700 injuries per day. Workplace eye injuries do occur and often when you least expect it. Eye injuries on the job result in lost work time and possibly temporary or permanent vision loss.
Experts believe that nearly all workplace eye injuries could be prevented if eye protection, and importantly, if proper eye protection were worn. If a worker has to layer safety glasses over their existing glasses, or doesn’t have safety glasses that fit and look good, then the worker is not going to be inclined to wear their protective safety glasses or keep them on at all times. Protective eyewear should fit comfortably, not obstruct your vision, allow you to see clearly, have good optical quality and comply with CSA International safety standards. A qualified eye care professional can help workers protect their eyes by achieving all of this.
20/20 Eye Care is a participating provider of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) Occupational Vision Care Program (OVC) where we recommend, dispense, and fit superior quality prescription safety eyewear to Manitoba workers. We also provide comprehensive eye health and vision examinations. All materials including lenses, coatings and frames meet or exceed the Canadian Safety Standard.
To try on and learn more about safety glasses, come in and see us today. You do not require a workplace contract to purchase safety eyewear at our office. However, if you are an employee or employer and want more information for your workplace regarding the MAO’s Occupational Vision Care Program (OVC), please contact Gordon Doran, Program Manager with the Manitoba Association of Optometrists, at 204-943-9811, firstname.lastname@example.org