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Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, says Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this directive is to educate corporations and their employees about the relevance of vision wellness, with safety tips on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps.

Each day, workers suffer from job related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and doctors say that the two main reasons that workers get eye injuries is because they fail to protect their eyes or they are using the wrong kind of eye protection.

The most frequent hazards found in the workplace include small particles or falling objects such as dust, concrete, metal or wood that can enter or cut the eye. Chemical sprays, gases and lasers can also burn and damage the eye tissues.

Making Work a Safe Site

Here are four steps you can take to avoid eye accidents at work:

  • Know the eye safety risks present in your job.
  • Limit the possibility of danger before even beginning work by requesting machine shields, screens or other safety devices.
  • Request protective glasses that sit correctly and give sufficient protection for your tasks. Your eye doctor will be able to help in selecting the best protective eyewear for your circumstances.
  • Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition, and have it replaced if damaged.

Eye Safety with Screens

Working on computers or using mobile and hand held devices can also be unsafe for your sight. Because of the prevailing use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are some tips to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Utilize the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a hand-held device, make the font bigger so you can use it at a distance better for your eyes.

Additionally keep the brightness of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your screen just below eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You should also consider purchasing computer glasses.

If you have further questions about eye safety at work, please contact us today!

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