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Caring for Your Vision in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, as marked by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The purpose of this directive is to teach businesses and their employees about the importance of eye health, with advice on how to avoid vision-endangering eye mishaps.

Each day, employees suffer from workplace related eye injuries that demand the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two main reasons that people get eye injuries is either because they fail to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong form of eye protection.

The most common hazards in the work environment include flying particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can enter or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemicals, gases and lasers can also scorch and damage the sensitive eye tissues.

Protecting your Eyes

An eye doctor can assist you to determine potential eye dangers at work and determine the best sort of eye safety for you.

Often, working conditions possess multiple dangers and finding the best eye protection must consider all possible risks.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, while if you work in an area where you encounter falling objects or particles, pick safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
Working in close proximity to hazardous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets made specifically for this sort of work.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Those who spend a large portion of their day working on computers or using mobile devices are also at higher risk of vision problems. Due to the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are some ways 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 and have a look at something 20 feet away. If you're using a mobile device, increase the font size so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

Additionally keep the light intensity of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your monitor just below eye level to pose less of a strain on your eyes. You should also 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 environment don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!


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