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Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, as marked by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this initiative is to educate businesses and their workers about the importance of eye health, with safety tips on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps.

Every day, people suffer from job related eye injuries that demand the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two most prevalent reasons that people experience eye injuries is because they don't wear anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.

Typical Eye Injuries

Most frequently, eye injuries that take place in the workplace are a result of airborne particles or falling objects such as concrete, wood, metal or dust that can enter or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemical sprays, fumes and lasers can also scorch and seriously damage the sensitive eye tissues.

Making Work a Safe Site

Here are four steps you can take to protect your eyes from injury:

  • Know the eye safety dangers related to your work.
  • Lessen the possibility of danger before even beginning work by obtaining machine shields, screens or other safety devices.
  • Request safety goggles that are fitted well and give sufficient coverage for your job. Your eye doctor will be able to assist to determine the best safety eyewear for your profession.
  • Keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition.

Healthy Screen Vision

Working on computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be dangerous for your vision.

Here are some helpful suggestions to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when working on a computer or using a hand held device:

Utilize the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away. If you're using a mobile device, increase the font size so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

Additionally maintain the light intensity of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and position your monitor 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!

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