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Professional Vision Group, Inc.
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A management and marketing firm specializing in private eye care offices. A team of experts and a more than 20 year track record of success helping your primary eye care business.
A management and marketing firm specializing in private eye care offices. A team of experts and a more than 20 year track record of success helping your primary eye care business.

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Make sure you get the right product for the right hazard.
For example, goggles may be a better choice in environments with more dust because they can protect against material coming from around the eye, while safety glasses might be better for direct impact. In grinding environments, a face shield may be necessary to protect not only the eyes but the face and neck area.
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Prescription for safety: Many people wear personal eyewear, or “streetwear” glasses, as protective devices. Keep in mind that those glasses have not been subjected to — or passed — any kind of performance test requirements like safety-approved eyewear has.
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The home/work connection: Safety professionals focus on keeping employees safe and healthy on the job, but workers’ productivity is affected just as much if they sustain injuries off the clock. The biggest challenge facing employers and safety professionals hasn't changed lately: getting employees to wear proper eye protection. With nearly half of all eye injuries occurring off the job, this is a challenge workers take home with them!
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Family members — especially children — often take an interest in home improvement projects. In some cases, the eyes of the parent performing the work may be protected, but a child standing nearby at a lower height actually is closer to the action than the person operating the equipment. In this scenario, they are prone to eye injuries.
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Nearly half of all eye injuries in the U.S. happen at home, where we feel safe, comfortable, and at ease. From flying wood chips to weed whacker debris — even errant champagne corks — your eye safety is at risk at home. Imagine a homeowner who returns from the hardware store with the proper tools for a job, but forgot protective glasses. Reluctant to return to the store or postpone the project, they forge on with the work — and risk eye injury.
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If you or a family member experiences an eye injury from house or yard work, seek immediate medical attention. You only get one pair of eyes; if you take good care of them with proper safety precautions and annual optometric exams, your vision could last a lifetime.
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Hazardous activities at home include:
- Cleaning. Chemicals like bleach in household cleaning products cause 125,000 eye injuries each year.
- Home Improvement. Screws, nails and hand tools can become projectiles, while power tools can propel wood chips or other particles through the air.
- Yard Work. Lawnmowers, trimmers and even shovels can throw dirt and debris into the air, and branches, twigs and thorns can also be dangerous.

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Tis the season for Spring cleaning, home improvements and yard work: for many Americans, these projects define this time of year. But, did you know home projects like these can be a major threat to eye safety? According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, nearly half of all serious eye injuries occur at home, yet only 35% of Americans wear protective eyewear during projects that could threaten their eyes.
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There are three safety lenses types that meet or exceed the requirements for protecting your eyes.
Glass lenses
- Are not easily scratched
- Can be used around harsh chemicals
- Can be made in your corrective prescription
- Are sometimes heavy and uncomfortable
Plastic lenses
- Are lighter in weight
- Protect against welding splatter
- Are unlikely to fog
- Are not as scratch-resistant as glass
Polycarbonate lenses
- Are lightweight
- Protect against welding splatter
- Are unlikely to fog
- Are stronger than glass and plastic
- Are more impact-resistant than glass or plastic
- Are not as scratch-resistant as glass
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Common causes for eye injuries are:
- Flying objects (bits of metal, glass)
- Tools
- Particles
- Chemicals
- Harmful radiation
- Any combination of these or other hazards
These injuries can all be avoided by wearing proper eye protection at work.
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