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Year : 1973  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-81

The use of contact lens for workmen in industry


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Pandit Y. The use of contact lens for workmen in industry. Indian J Ophthalmol 1973;21:80-1

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Many industrial firms have been asking information whether contact lens can be permitted to be worn by a workman in industry. I have always maintained that except under very special circumstances it should not be worn by an employee and if given a special permission several factors should be taken into consideration.

Contact lenses are getting more popular in our country, specially among the females. In industry one feels that it should be permitted only under special cases like injury to an eye where vision can be improved to the required standard by the use of a contact lens, and without it the mana­gement will lose an experienced hand and the workman has to seek an alter­nate job more suitable to his handicap. Under such circumstances contact lenses may be permitted to be worn under specific precautions which we shall enumerate later.

In Vol. 3/No. 3 of the News for the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness U.S.A., there was infor­mation under a heading "The National Society for Prevention of Blindness takes a stand against contact lens use in industry, that the NSPB advisory committee has issued the following official statement of position.
"Because of increased risks to the eyes, the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness strongly advises that the use of contact lenses of any type by an industrial employee while at work should be prohibited except in rare cases. The National Society recommends that any excep­tions be verified in writing to the employee by the physician or the optometrist who sanctions such use in specific industrial environment. Contact lenses do not provide eye protection in the industrial sense; their use, with­out the eye and or face protective devices of industrial quality, should not be permitted. When permitted, the safety eye wear devices must meet or exceed all requirements of the American National Standard practice for Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection. Z87/1-1968 or later revision thereof, as published by the American National Institute Inc".

Many a common eye hazard in industry which can be controlled - by protective devices are magnified by the use of contact lenses.

(i) In industry normally the dust is worked away by the tears. This gets accumulated under the contact lens. The lens may be scratched or the cornea may sustain abrasions.

(ii) The chemical fumes may damage the lens or lead to irritation of the eyes. This leads to excessive tears, and may result in the dislodging of one or both lenses.

(iii) Eletric flashes can lead to an adhesion of the contact lens to the corneas.

(iv) In case of chemical injury the chemical may go behind the contact lens and lead to damage of the eye inspite of the normal washing for the chemical injuries.

(v) An accidental loss or displace­ment of lens can lead to sudden change of vision and incapacity to work, lacrymation, light sensitivity and involuntary tears. (This led to prohibi­tion of contact lenses for commercial pilots).

One must also appreciate the short, comings of many industries. In many industries, specially the small ones medical services are not available at all times, and in even some of the major industries, where shifts work, the night medical attendance is not provided. Often there is no trained staff or even a first aid assistant. The contact lens in case of an injury may not be removed by the person giving assistance and can cause serious damage.

When contact lenses arc removed they lead to a condition called spectacle blur. Such a condition persists for an hour. Whether the employee wears a contact lens while coming to work and takes it off on arrival at the plant or wears it on his way home after the work there is always a great potential for accident.

If a worker is authorized to wear a contact lens, a note should be made of his vision aided and unaided with the contact lenses. The company doctor, the nurse, safety director, workman's immediate supervisor and the first aid persons should know that he wears contact lenses. If this is not done; in case of an injury he may be awarded a generous compensation.

Workmen who are allowed to wear contact lenses should always have a pair of eye glasses handy with them. These are for emergency use and they must use safety eye wear on top.




 

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