March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, an initiative by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The purpose of this initiative is to teach corporations and their employees about the importance of eye wellness, including safety tips on how to prevent vision-impairing eye incidents.
Every day, people are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that demand medical attention. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two main reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is either because they fail to protect their eyes or they are using the wrong form of eye protection.
High risk jobs for eye injuries include building, manufacturing, mining, woodwork, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and general maintenance.
Keeping Safety in Sight
There are four steps you can take to prevent eye injuries:
- Know the eye hazards present in your job.
- Reduce your exposure to risks before starting work by requesting machine guards, screens or other safety devices.
- Request protective glasses that fit properly and provide enough protection for your job. Your eye doctor will be able to assist to determine the best protective eyewear for your particular situation.
- Keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition, and replace when broken.
Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision
Those who spend a large portion of their day working at the computer or using hand held devices are also at risk of vision problems. Due to the prevailing use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some ways 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. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break and watch something 20 feet away. If you're using a mobile device, make the font bigger so you can use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
In addition keep the light intensity of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your monitor right under eye level to pose less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to consider purchasing 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!