March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, says Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The aim of this directive is to educate corporations and their employees about the necessity of eye wellness, including advice on how to prevent vision-impairing eye accidents.
Each day, employees sustain workplace related eye injuries that demand the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two most prevalent reasons that people get eye injuries is because they fail to use anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.
High risk occupations for eye accidents include building, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and maintenance.
Keeping your Eyes Protected
An optometrist is trained to help you determine potential eye hazards at your workplace and determine the optimal sort of eye protection for you.
Some workplaces have multiple risks for eyes and finding the right eye protection should consider all possible risks.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, and if you work in an environment where there are 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, using lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed specifically for this sort of work.
Eye Safety with Screens
Working on computers or using mobile and hand held devices can also be dangerous for your vision. Due to the prevailing use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are a few helpful suggestions to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when working on a computer or using a hand held device:
Learn the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes 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 better for your eyes.
Additionally try to adjust the light intensity of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and place your monitor right under eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes. You should also consider the option of computer glasses.
For more information about vision care in the workplace, please contact us today!