In order to enlighten businesses and their employees about the necessity of vision health, and to provide safety tips on how to prevent vision-endangering eye mishaps, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Each day, people are inflicted by job related eye injuries that require medical attention. Safety experts and doctors believe the two most common reasons that people get eye injuries is because they don't shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.
Common Eye Injuries
The most common dangers found in the work environment include airborne particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can enter or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemicals, gases and radiation can also scorch and damage the delicate eyes.
Safe Sight on Site
There are four important tips to protect your eyes from injury:
- Learn the eye safety dangers present in your work.
- Reduce the possibility of danger before even beginning work by using machine shields, screens or other safety devices.
- Use safety goggles that sit properly and provide sufficient coverage for your job. Your eye doctor will be able to assist in selecting the most suitable protective eyewear for your circumstances.
- Keep your safety eyewear in good condition, and have it replaced if broken.
Healthy Screen Vision
Those who spend a lot of time working at the computer or using hand held devices are also at increased risk of vision problems.
Here are a few ways to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Implement the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a mobile device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance better for your eyes.
Additionally adjust the brightness of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your monitor right under eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
If you think that you may be in danger 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!