In order to educate corporations and their employees about the relevance of eye health, and to provide advice on how to prevent vision-impairing eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Every day, employees suffer from workplace related eye injuries that need the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and doctors say that the two main reasons that people sustain eye injuries is either because they don't protect their eyes or they are using the wrong type of eye protection.
Building, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and general maintenance are all high risk occupations for eye injuries.
Making Work a Safe Site
Here are four steps you can take to avoid eye accidents at work:
- Know the eye hazards found at your workplace.
- Limit the possibility of danger before even beginning work by asking for machine shields, work screens or other safety devices.
- Request protective glasses that fit well and give enough coverage for what you are doing. Your optometrist will be able to assist in determining the best safety eyewear for your particular situation.
- Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in good condition.
Eye Safety with Screens
Working with computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be dangerous for your sight. Due to the prevailing use of computers in every day life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some suggestions 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 hand-held device, make the font bigger so you'll be able to use it at a distance better for your eyes.
Also maintain the light intensity of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your screen right under eye level to be 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!