March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, an initiative by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The aim of this directive is to teach businesses and their workers about the necessity of eye health, including advice on how to avoid vision-impairing eye accidents.
Each day, employees suffer from job related eye injuries that require medical attention. Safety experts and doctors believe the two most prevalent reasons that employees sustain eye injuries is because they fail to wear anything to protect their eyes or they are using the incorrect kind of eye protection.
High risk industries for eye injuries include construction, factory work, mining, woodwork, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and general maintenance.
Keeping your Eyes Protected
Your optometrist will help you identify potential eye dangers at your workplace and decide on the best kind of eye protection for you.
Sometimes working conditions possess multiple eye hazards and using the best eye protection needs to consider all possible risks.
People working with chemicals should wear goggles, while if you work in a place where there are flying objects or dust, use safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
Working in close proximity to dangerous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics demands the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets made just for what you will be doing.
Healthy Screen Vision
Working with computers or using mobile devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your sight.
Below are some tips to prevent eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break to look at something about 20 feet in the distance. If you're using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
Also try to adjust the light intensity of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your screen right under eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
For more information relating to protecting your vision in the workplace, please contact us today!