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Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

In order to teach corporations and their workers about the relevance of eye health, and to provide advice on how to prevent vision-impairing eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.

Every day, workers suffer from workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two most common reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is either because they fail to use anything to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong form of eye protection.

High risk industries for eye injuries include construction, manufacturing, mining, woodwork, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and maintenance.

Safe Sight on Site

There are four important tips to protect your eyes from injury:

  • Learn the eye hazards found at your job.
  • Limit your exposure to risks before you commence work by using machine shields, work screens or other safety devices.
  • Request safety goggles that are fitted correctly and provide sufficient protection for what you are doing. Your optometrist will be able to help to determine the best safety eyewear for your particular situation.
  • Keep your protective eyewear in great condition, and have it replaced if damaged.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Those who spend a large portion of their day working at the computer or using hand held devices are also at increased risk of discomfort such as blurred vision, headaches and eye strain. Due to the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are a few suggestions to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure 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. Roughly every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

In addition adjust the brightness of your screen to a comfortable resolution and position your screen just below eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.

If you think that you may be in danger of any eye or vision damage due to your workplace don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!