Vision at Work

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, says Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The aim of this directive is to educate businesses and their employees about the importance of eye wellness, including safety tips on how to prevent vision-impairing eye mishaps.

Every day, employees sustain job related eye injuries that need medical attention. Safety experts and doctors say that the two main reasons that people experience eye injuries are because they don't use anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety precautions.

Most commonly, eye injuries that occur in the workplace are a result of flying particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemicals, fumes and flames can also scorch and damage the delicate eyes.

Protection for your Eyes

An eye doctor can assist you to identify potential eye dangers at work and determine the best type of eye safety for you.

Sometimes workplaces have multiple eye hazards and using the best eye protection must take all potential risks into consideration.
People working with chemicals must wear goggles, and if you work in a place where there are flying objects or particles, pick safety glasses with side shields.
Working in close proximity to dangerous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed especially for what you will be doing.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Working at computers or using mobile and hand held devices can also be unsafe for your sight. Because of the prevailing use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are some ways to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Implement the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and watch something 20 feet away. If you're using a mobile device, make the font bigger so you can use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

Additionally try to keep the brightness of your screen to a comfortable resolution and position 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 have further questions concerning eye safety at work, please give us a call today!

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