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Vision and Health at Work

In order to educate corporations and their employees about the importance of eye wellness, and to provide safety tips on how to prevent vision-endangering eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.

Every day, people are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that demand the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two main reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is either because they fail to wear anything to protect their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.

Most often, eye injuries that occur in the workplace are a result of flying particles or falling objects such as dust, concrete, metal or wood that can enter or scratch the eye. Chemical sprays, fumes and lasers can also scorch and damage the sensitive eyes.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

Your eye care professional can assist you to identify potential eye dangers at your workplace and decide on the optimal sort of eye safety for you.

Often, working conditions possess multiple dangers and finding proper eye protection must consider all possible risks.
People working with chemicals must wear goggles, and if you work in an area where you encounter falling objects or dust, choose safety glasses with side shields.
For those who work near hazardous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed just for what you will be doing.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Working with computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be dangerous for your vision. Due to the prevailing use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are some helpful ways to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Utilize the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. At least every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to watch something about 20 feet in the distance. If you're using a hand-held device, make the font bigger so you'll be able to use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

Additionally keep the brightness of your screen to a comfortable resolution and place 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.

For more information concerning vision care in the workplace, please talk to us today!