To educate corporations and their employees about the relevance of vision wellness, and to spread advice on how to prevent vision-threatening eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Every day, workers suffer from workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two most prevalent reasons that people get eye injuries is because they fail to shield their eyes or they are using the incorrect form of eye protection.
Construction, manufacturing, mining, woodwork, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and general maintenance are all high risk occupations for eye injuries.
Keeping Safety in Sight
There are 4 steps you can take to prevent eye injuries:
- Be aware of the eye safety dangers related to your work.
- Reduce your exposure to risks before starting work by asking for machine guards, work screens or other safety devices.
- Request safety goggles that sit well and provide sufficient protection for what you are doing. Your optometrist will be able to help in selecting the best protective eyewear for your particular situation.
- Make sure to keep your protective eyewear in good condition.
Eye Safety with Screens
Working at computers or using mobile and hand held devices can also be dangerous for your eyes. Because of the prevailing use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some helpful suggestions to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something about 20 feet in the distance. If using a mobile device, make the font bigger so you can use it at a distance better for your eyes.
In addition adjust the light intensity of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your screen right under eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You should also consider purchasing 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!