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Workplace Vision Wellness Month

In an effort to enlighten businesses and their workers about the relevance of vision health, and to spread safety tips on how to prevent vision-threatening eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.

Each day, workers are inflicted by job related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety and healthcare professionals say that the two most common reasons that workers sustain eye injuries are because they fail to use anything to protect their eyes or they are using the incorrect type of eye protection.

Typical Eye Injuries

Most commonly, eye injuries that occur in the work environment are a result of airborne particles or falling objects such as wood, metal, dust or concrete that can enter or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemical splashes, gases and flames can also scorch and seriously injure the delicate eye tissues.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

Your optometrist can help you determine possible eye hazards at your workplace and decide on the best kind of eye protection for you.

Some working conditions possess multiple risks for eyes and using the right eye protection must take all potential risks into consideration. If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, while if you work in a place where you encounter falling objects or dust, pick safety glasses with side shields. Working in close proximity to hazardous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics demands the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed especially for this sort of work.

Eye Safety with Screens

Those who spend a lot of time working on computers or using hand held devices are also at increased risk of discomfort such as blurred vision, headaches and eye strain.

Below are a few tips to prevent eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Implement the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a 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 comfortable for your eyes.

In addition try to keep the brightness of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your monitor just below eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You should also consider the option of computer glasses.

For more information about vision care in the workplace, please contact us today!