Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The purpose of this initiative is to educate businesses and their employees about the relevance of eye health, with safety tips on how to avoid vision-endangering eye accidents.
Every day, people sustain workplace related eye injuries that demand medical attention. Safety experts and doctors believe the two main reasons that employees experience eye injuries is either because they fail to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong type of eye protection.
High risk industries for eye injuries include building, factory work, mining, carpentry, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and maintenance.
Protection for your Eyes
Your eye care professional is trained to assist you to determine possible eye hazards at your workplace and determine the best type of eye safety for you.
Some working conditions have multiple dangers and using proper eye protection should consider all possible risks.
People working with chemicals should wear goggles, while if you work in an environment where you encounter falling objects or dust, choose safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
Working in close proximity to dangerous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics demands the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed specifically for this sort of work.
Healthy Screen Vision
Working on computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be harmful for your vision.
Here are some suggestions to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when working on a computer or using a hand held device:
Implement the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. At every 20 minute interval look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
Also try to maintain the light intensity of your screen to a comfortable resolution 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 have any further queries about protecting your vision at work, please give us a call today!