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Vision Wellness in the Workplace

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The purpose of this directive is to teach corporations and their workers about the necessity of vision wellness, including safety tips on how to prevent vision-impairing eye mishaps.

Each day, people sustain workplace related eye injuries that demand medical attention. Safety experts and doctors say that the two most prevalent reasons that people sustain eye injuries is because they don't shield their eyes or they are using the wrong kind of eye protection.

Construction, factory work, mining, carpentry, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and maintenance are all high risk jobs for eye injuries.

Protection for your Eyes

An eye care professional will help you determine possible eye dangers at your workplace and judge the best type of eye safety for you.

Sometimes working conditions have multiple dangers and using proper eye protection should take all potential risks into consideration.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, and if you work in an environment where there are flying objects or particles, pick safety glasses with side shields.
For those who work near dangerous 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 your kind of work.

Healthy Screen Vision

Working at computers or using mobile devices like phones or readers can also be dangerous for your vision. Because of the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are a few suggestions to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Utilize the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to watch something about 20 feet in the distance. If using a hand-held device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

Additionally try to adjust the brightness of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your screen just below eye level to present less of a strain on your eyes. You should also speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.

For more information concerning eye safety in the workplace, please talk to us today!