March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, says Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The aim of this directive is to educate corporations and their workers about the importance of vision wellness, with advice on how to prevent vision-impairing eye incidents.
Every day, people suffer from job related eye injuries that require medical attention. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two most prevalent reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is either because they don't use anything to shield their eyes or they are using the incorrect kind of eye protection.
Common Types of Eye Injuries
Most commonly, eye injuries that take place in the workplace are due to flying particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or cut the eye. Chemical sprays, gases and flames can also scorch and damage the sensitive eyes.
Keeping Safety in Sight
Here are four important tips to prevent eye injuries:
- Be aware of the eye hazards found at your job.
- Limit your exposure to risks before even beginning work by asking for machine shields, screens or other safety devices.
- Request protective glasses that are fitted correctly and provide sufficient coverage for your tasks. Your optometrist will be able to help in selecting the best protective eyewear for your particular situation.
- Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition, and replace when damaged.
Eye Safety with Screens
Those who spend a lot of time working at the computer or using hand held devices are also at increased risk of vision problems.
Below are some helpful ways to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Utilize the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. At least every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a hand-held device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
Additionally keep the light intensity of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and position your monitor just below 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 workplace don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!