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Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The goal of this directive is to teach companies and their employees about the importance of vision health, including safety tips on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps.

Each day, workers sustain job related eye injuries that need the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and doctors say that the two most prevalent reasons that people get eye injuries is either because they don't use anything to protect their eyes or they are using the wrong type of eye protection.

Common Kinds of Eye Injuries Most frequently, eye injuries that take place in the workplace are due to small particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or scratch the eye. Chemical sprays, fumes and radiation can also burn and injure the delicate eye tissues.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

An optometrist can assist you to evaluate potential eye hazards at your workplace and determine the best kind of eye protection for you.

Sometimes working conditions have multiple risks for eyes and finding the correct eye protection should take all potential risks into consideration.
People working with chemicals must wear goggles, while if you work in an area where you encounter airborne objects or dust, use safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
For those who work close to dangerous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed specifically for this sort of work.

Eye Safety with Screens

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

Here are a few ways 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 to give your eyes a rest. At least every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and watch something 20 feet away. If using a mobile device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

Additionally try to keep the light intensity of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and place your monitor 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 don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!