Workplace eye injuries send 300,000 people to the ER each year nationwide, according to the CDC. As expected, 40% of on-the-job eye injuries happen in the expanding fields of construction, mining and manufacturing.

The surprise: workers in leisure and hospitality suffered 1,250 eye injuries on the job in one year, according to the latest labor injury statistics, and education and health care employees logged 1,820, making them some of the fields with the most annual eye injuries outside of an industrial setting.    

Infographic and Press Release

For Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology has developed a Workplace Eye Injuries by the Numbers infographic with statistics about occupational eye injuries by industry. The Academy is also providing guidance on how to avoid and treat eye on-the-job eye injuries, 90 percent of which are preventable with the appropriate eye protection, in our press release online.

Workplace eye injuries by the numbers