March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, as marked by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The purpose of this initiative is to educate businesses and their employees about the necessity of eye wellness, with advice on how to avoid vision-endangering eye accidents.
Each day, workers suffer from workplace related eye injuries that require medical attention. Safety experts and doctors say that the two most common reasons that employees get eye injuries is either because they fail to wear anything to protect their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety precautions.
Common Kinds of Eye Injuries
The most frequent dangers present in the workplace include flying particles or falling objects such as dust, concrete, metal or wood that can penetrate or cut the eye. Chemical sprays, gases and radiation can also scorch and seriously injure the eyes.
Keeping Safety in Sight
Here are 4 steps you can take to avoid eye accidents at work:
- Know the eye hazards found at your work.
- Limit your exposure to risks before even beginning work by asking for machine shields, screens or other safety devices.
- Request safety goggles that are fitted correctly and provide enough protection for what you are doing. Your optometrist will be able to assist in determining the best protective eyewear for your circumstances.
- Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition.
Eye Safety with Screens
Working on computers or using mobile devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your eyes.
Here are some suggestions to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Try to maintain 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, increase the font size so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
Additionally maintain the brightness of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your screen right under eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
If you think that you may be at risk 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!