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Vision and Health at Work

In order to enlighten companies and their employees about the necessity of eye wellness, and to spread advice on how to avoid vision-impairing eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.

Each day, employees sustain job related eye injuries that need the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and doctors say that the two most common reasons that employees sustain eye injuries is because they don't wear anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.

Common Eye Injuries

The most frequent dangers found in the work environment include small particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can enter or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemicals, fumes and lasers can also scorch and injure the sensitive eye tissues.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

An eye doctor can help you identify possible eye hazards at your workplace and determine the optimal sort of eye safety for you.

Often, working conditions possess multiple eye hazards and using the best eye protection needs to consider all possible risks.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, while if you work in an area where you encounter airborne objects or particles, pick safety glasses with shields along the sides too.
For those who work in close proximity to dangerous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics requires the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets made especially for your kind of work.

Eye Safety with Screens

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

Here are a few tips 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 to give your eyes a rest. Roughly 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'll be able to use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

Additionally adjust the brightness of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and position your screen right under eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.

If you have any further queries relating to vision care at work, please contact us today!