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Vision Wellness in the Workplace

To enlighten businesses and their workers about the necessity of eye health, and to provide safety tips on how to prevent vision-endangering eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.

Every day, workers suffer from job related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two most prevalent reasons that employees get eye injuries is either because they fail to use anything to shield their eyes or they are using the incorrect type of eye protection.

High risk jobs for eye injuries include building, manufacturing, mining, woodwork, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and general maintenance.

Protection for your Eyes

Your eye care professional can help you evaluate potential eye dangers at work and determine the optimal type of eye protection for you.

Often, workplaces possess multiple dangers and using the correct eye protection must take all potential risks into consideration.
People working with chemicals should wear goggles, while if you work in a place where there are flying objects or particles, pick safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
For those who work close to dangerous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics requires the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed just for your kind of work.

Healthy Screen Vision

Those who spend a lot of time working on computers or using hand held devices are also at higher risk of discomfort such as blurred vision, headaches and eye strain. Due to the increase in the use of computers in every day life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

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

Learn the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break to look at something about 20 feet in the distance. If you're using a hand-held device, enlarge the text so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

Additionally try to keep the brightness of your screen to a comfortable resolution and position your screen just below eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to consider purchasing computer glasses.

For more information about protecting your vision at your workplace, please contact us today!