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Workplace Vision Wellness Month

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The purpose of this initiative is to teach corporations and their workers about the relevance of vision wellness, with advice on how to avoid vision-impairing eye mishaps.

Every day, employees sustain workplace related eye injuries that demand medical attention. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two main reasons that people get eye injuries is because they don't use anything to protect their eyes or they are using the incorrect type of eye protection.

High risk industries for eye injuries include building, factory work, mining, carpentry, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and maintenance.

Making Work a Safe Site

Here are 4 crucial ways to avoid eye accidents at work:

  • Know the eye hazards present in your job.
  • Limit your exposure to risks before you commence work by using machine guards, screens or other engineering controls.
  • Use protective glasses that fit well and give enough coverage for your tasks. Your optometrist will be able to assist in selecting the most suitable safety eyewear for your profession.
  • Keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition, and replace when even just slightly damaged.

Healthy Screen Vision

Working with computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your eyes. Due to the increase in the use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are a few tips to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when working on a computer or using a hand held device:

Utilize the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break to look at something about 20 feet in the distance. If you're using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance better for your eyes.

Also adjust the brightness of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your monitor just below eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You should also consider purchasing computer glasses.

If you think that you may be in danger of any eye or vision damage due to your workplace don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!