To enlighten companies and their employees about the relevance of eye health, and to provide advice on how to prevent vision-impairing eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Every day, people are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two main reasons that employees get eye injuries is either because they fail to use anything to protect their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.
High risk industries for eye injuries include building, manufacturing, mining, woodwork, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and general maintenance.
Safe Sight on Site
Here are four important tips to prevent eye injuries:
- Know the eye hazards present in your job.
- Reduce your exposure to risks before starting work by obtaining machine shields, work screens or other safety devices.
- Use protective glasses that fit well and give sufficient coverage for your job. Your eye doctor will be able to assist in selecting the best protective eyewear for your particular situation.
- Keep your protective eyewear in great condition, and have it replaced if damaged.
Healthy Screen Vision
Working on computers or using mobile devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your sight. Because of the prevailing use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some tips to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when working on a computer or using a hand held device:
Utilize the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break to watch something about 20 feet in the distance. If using a mobile device, make the font bigger so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
Also maintain the brightness of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your monitor right under eye level to reduce any pressure 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 workplace don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!