To teach corporations and their employees about the necessity of eye health, and to spread advice on how to prevent vision-endangering eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Each day, workers are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that need the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two main reasons that employees sustain eye injuries is either because they fail to wear anything to shield their eyes or they are using the incorrect kind of eye protection.
Most often, eye injuries that take place in the workplace are a result of small particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can enter or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemical sprays, fumes and lasers can also burn and injure the delicate eye tissues.
Protection for your Eyes
Your optometrist can assist you to identify potential eye dangers at work and determine the optimal type of eye safety for you.
Often, workplaces possess multiple risks for eyes and finding the correct eye protection should take all potential risks into consideration.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, while if you work in an environment where you encounter falling objects or particles, choose safety glasses that have side shields.
For those who work close 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 made specifically for your kind of work.
Eye Safety with Screens
Working on computers or using mobile devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your sight. Because of the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some helpful tips to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Implement the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a mobile device, make the font bigger so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.
Additionally keep 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 should also consider the option of computer glasses.
If you think that you may be in danger of any eye or vision damage due to your work environment don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!