In order to educate companies and their employees about the relevance of eye wellness, and to provide safety tips on how to avoid vision-impairing eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Each day, people are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two main reasons that people experience eye injuries are either because they fail to protect their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety precautions.
Building, factory work, mining, carpentry, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and general maintenance are all high risk industries for eye accidents.
Safe Sight on Site
There are four important tips to avoid eye accidents at work:
- Learn the eye safety risks present in your workplace.
- Lessen the possibility of danger before you commence work by asking for machine guards, work screens or other safety devices.
- Use safety goggles that sit correctly and give sufficient coverage for what you are doing. Your eye doctor will be able to assist in selecting the most suitable safety eyewear for your particular situation.
- Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in good condition, and have it replaced if broken.
Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision
Working at computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be harmful for your sight. Because of the prevailing use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are a few tips to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Utilize the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to have a look at something 20 feet away. If using a mobile device, increase the font size so you’ll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
Also keep the light intensity of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and position your monitor just below eye level to present less of a strain on your eyes. You should also consider the option of 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!