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August 19, 2010

Brett Better Wear Those Safety Glasses: Favre Returns to NFL and Colbert Threatens to Poke Out His Eye!

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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I'm also an athlete way back in College, and I have a grasp on the idea of how accidents can most likely end a playing career. I play as the pitcher of our softball team then. It was during a University wide sports event when games were played simultaneously. As a pitcher I'm into speed and fast ball grips, yet no matter how fast my hands and eyes can be during a game, it seems that accidents are really unpredictable. I got a foul hit at the back when a loitering ball joined our game ( it came from no where, I'm telling you) that caused me to collapsed. It was my last playing year, since I was advised by my doctor to undergo a prescription safety glasses program.

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