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Vision Wellness in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, as marked by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this initiative is to teach businesses and their workers about the relevance of vision health, including advice on how to prevent vision-endangering eye mishaps.

Every day, employees sustain workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and doctors say that the two most common reasons that people experience eye injuries is either because they fail to wear anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.

Common Kinds of Eye Injuries The most common hazards found in the workplace include airborne particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or scratch the eye. Chemicals, gases and radiation can also scorch and injure the sensitive eyes.

Making Work a Safe Site

There are four crucial ways to protect your eyes from injury:

  • Be aware of the eye hazards present in your work.
  • Limit the possibility of danger before even beginning work by obtaining machine guards, screens or other safety devices.
  • Wear safety goggles that fit well and give enough protection for your tasks. Your optometrist will be able to help in determining the most suitable protective eyewear for your circumstances.
  • Make sure to keep your protective eyewear in great condition.

Eye Safety with Screens

Working at computers or using mobile devices can also be harmful for your vision. Because of the increase in the use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Here are a few helpful suggestions to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Implement the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a hand-held device, make the font bigger so you can use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

Also maintain the brightness of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and place your screen right under eye level to be less of a strain 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!