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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 aim of this directive is to teach companies and their employees about the importance of eye health, including safety tips on how to prevent vision-impairing eye accidents.

Each day, employees suffer from job related eye injuries that demand medical attention. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two most prevalent reasons that employees experience eye injuries is because they don't shield their eyes or they are using the incorrect type of eye protection.

Most commonly, eye injuries that take place in the workplace are due to airborne particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or cut the eye. Chemical sprays, fumes and radiation can also burn and damage the sensitive eyes.

Protecting your Eyes

Your eye care professional can help you identify possible eye dangers at your workplace and determine the best type of eye protection for you.

Often, working conditions possess multiple eye hazards and finding the correct eye protection needs to take all potential risks into consideration.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, and if you work in an area where there are airborne objects or dust, pick safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
Working in close proximity to dangerous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics requires the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets made especially for what you will be doing.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Those who spend a lot of time working on computers or using mobile devices are also at higher risk of vision problems. Due to the increase in the use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

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

Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. At every 20 minute interval look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you can use it at a distance better for your eyes.

Additionally try to maintain the light intensity of your screen to a comfortable resolution and position your screen right under eye level to pose 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 work environment don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!