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Vision Wellness in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, an initiative by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this directive is to teach businesses and their employees about the necessity of vision health, including safety tips on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps.

Every day, people are inflicted by job related eye injuries that need the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two main reasons that employees experience eye injuries is because they fail to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong kind of eye protection.

Construction, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and general maintenance are all high risk industries for eye accidents.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

An eye doctor will assist you to evaluate potential eye dangers at your workplace and judge the optimal kind of eye safety for you.

Some working conditions possess multiple dangers and using proper eye protection should take all potential risks into consideration.
People working with chemicals should wear goggles, while if you work in an area where you encounter flying objects or particles, pick safety glasses that have side shields.
Working in close proximity to dangerous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics demands the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed specifically for this sort of work.

Eye Safety with Screens

Working at computers or using mobile devices can also be dangerous for your eyes. Due to the prevailing use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Here are a few ways to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when working on a computer or using a hand held device:

Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and watch something 20 feet away. 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.

Additionally try to adjust the brightness of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and place your screen right under eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes. You should also consider the option of computer glasses.

If you think that you may be in danger 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!