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In today’s fast-paced world, don’t overlook your well-being and safety at work – and play. An estimated 90% of recorded eye injuries are preventable by wearing the right protective eyewear.

Protective eyewear means not just any eyewear; but the correct eyewear for your face shape and your job.

With an estimated three-quarters of flying objects causing harm smaller than a pinhead, the wrong type of eyewear can be as hazardous to workers as not wearing any protective eyewear at all.

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Understanding the Risks: Why Proper Eyewear Matters

Eye injuries can have devastating consequences. The delicate nature of the eye means even minor incidents can lead to permanent damage or vision loss. Eye injuries people experience at work can be anything from mild discomfort to severe trauma.

In workplaces where airborne particles or hazardous substances are present, the risk of eye injury is ever-present. Shockingly, nearly three out of every five workers injured in such environments are typically not wearing any eye protection at the time of the accident. Approximately 40% of workers who suffer eye injuries but do wear eyewear do not have adequate protection.

Choosing the Right Eyewear: Key Considerations

The correct protective eyewear is more than just picking any pair of safety glasses. Here are some crucial factors to consider:

Lens Markings: Understanding the markings on lenses is essential for ensuring they are suitable for the task at hand.

Lens Colour/Type: The colour and type of lens should be chosen based on the specific application and work environment.

Proper Fit: Ill-fitting eyewear may not provide adequate protection and can increase the risk of injury.

Introducing Cutting-Edge Eye Protection Solutions

At Black Gates Optometrists, we prioritise your eye safety with our range of premium protective eyewear. As independent optometrists we have access to a wide range of frame/lens manufacturers and materials allowing for the best spectacles to meet your individual needs and working environment. Our selection includes top ranges from Bolle Safety, PSG Eyewear and Hoya.

We also partner with some local businesses and have supplier agreements with several companies who provide safety equipment for their employees. Check with your employer to see if you are covered.

We look forward to providing you with fashionable and functional prescription certified safety frames fitted for you.

Ensuring Your Safety, Every Step of the Way

Protecting your eyes at work – and at play – is so important. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing you with the best eye protection tailored to your needs.

Our optometrists offer emergency examinations. They explain here how serious this situation can be:

“Many businesses and individuals prefer to come to us to remove “foreign bodies” as we call them. This generally involves digging a bit of rusty metal out of the tissue at the front of the eye. Ferrous (Iron containing) foreign bodies rust because your eyes are nearly as salty as seawater. This rust is cytotoxic, killing the surface of the eye, triggering an inflammatory response which causes pain, redness and light sensitivity. If the foreign bodies are not removed promptly, they scar and if this scar is in front of your pupil it could permanently affect your vision. We can carefully get these out and prescribe the right medicine for a speedy recovery.

There is an additional danger that some very high velocity foreign bodies (from grinding, hammering, chiselling etc.) go right through into the eye. This is a very serious injury that is an emergency. The trouble is that is feels like a normal bit of metal. Seeing us may save your sight. In this unfortunate situation it is an emergency!”

Is it time to come and see us?

Our team of optometrists is here to help keep you safer at work and play. Book an appointment with us today and we’ll see you in person soon.

Based on 21 reviews
Best eye fanglers I've ever been to, don't go anywhere else, particularly the cheapies!
Ian Hendra
Ian Hendra
Had a wonderful experience at Black Gates Optometrists. They made the process feel easy and fun. My Optometrist walked me through each of the tests and explained her findings as I went and then handed me over to a frames technician who helped me pick a perfect (cost effective) pair of frames and lenses. Would highly recommend.
Megan Diment
Megan Diment
Brilliant support for dry eyes! I've suffered from dry eyes for many years now and its got to the point that I need to use drops nightly just to sleep through! I'm adding more and more to my eyes without really knowing if its the right product. When I found out that Blackgates offer specialist care in this area, I booked in for a consult. Amy tested my eyes and then handed me onto Greg who showed me photos and a graph of what was and wasn't working so well in my eyes. We replaced the Lutein- vision advanced vitamins with a supplement that support the production of tear film ( which is my actual issue) and Greg recommended two further eye care products, specific to my issue. I am trying these over the next two weeks, then I'll then go back and test again to see if there is an improvement. I'd highly recommend consulting with Blackgates before you spend any more money on dry eye support to ensure your doing the right thing for your eyes.
Jacqui Neilson
Jacqui Neilson
Receptionists are welcoming and Greg is a knowledgeable, thorough and caring optometrist who is evidently passionate about eyes. Thank you.
Toby Kepes
Toby Kepes
I was really impressed with the service and help Sita Thakersi gave me on my recent eye test visit. She really knew her stuff and provided some complimentary contact lenses to try, which have really helped improve my vision. I'm happy to recommend Sita to anyone.
Steve Roughan
Steve Roughan
Great for kids. Assessment goes way beyond what Specsavers does.
Amanda Waijers
Amanda Waijers
Ramanpreet Kaur
Ramanpreet Kaur