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Your Vision in the Workplace

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The goal of this directive is to educate companies and their employees about the relevance of eye health, with advice on how to prevent vision-endangering eye accidents.

Every day, workers are inflicted by job related eye injuries that demand medical attention. Safety experts and doctors believe the two most prevalent reasons that employees experience eye injuries is either because they fail to wear anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.

Most frequently, eye injuries that take place in the work environment are a result of small particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemicals, gases and radiation can also scorch and seriously damage the eyes.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

Your eye doctor is trained to assist you to determine potential eye dangers at work and judge the optimal type of eye safety for you.

Some working conditions have multiple risks for eyes and finding proper eye protection should take all potential dangers into account.
People working with chemicals should wear goggles, and if you work in a place where there are flying objects or dust, choose safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
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 this sort of work.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Working on computers or using mobile devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your sight.

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

Learn the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At every 20 minute interval look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

Also try to keep the brightness of your screen to a comfortable resolution and position your monitor just below eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.

For more information about protecting your vision at your workplace, please contact us today!