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Vision Wellness in the Workplace

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The goal of this initiative is to educate companies and their workers about the importance of vision wellness, with safety tips on how to prevent vision-impairing eye mishaps.

Every day, employees are inflicted by job related eye injuries that need medical attention. Safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two main reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is either because they don't wear anything to shield their eyes or they are using the incorrect kind of eye protection.

Common Kinds of Eye Injuries

Most frequently, eye injuries that occur in the work environment are due to flying particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or scratch the eye. Chemicals, gases and lasers can also scorch and injure the delicate eyes.

Keeping Safety in Sight

Here are four important tips to prevent eye injuries:

  • Be aware of the eye safety risks related to your job.
  • Reduce the possibility of danger before even beginning work by obtaining machine guards, screens or other engineering controls.
  • Use protective glasses that sit properly and give enough coverage for what you are doing. Your optometrist will be able to help to determine the best protective eyewear for your circumstances.
  • Keep your protective eyewear in optimal condition.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Working with computers or using mobile and hand held devices can also be harmful for your vision.

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

Utilize the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a mobile device, make the font bigger so you'll be able to use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

Also try to adjust the brightness of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your screen right under eye level to present less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to consider purchasing computer glasses.

If you think that you may be at risk 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!