Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The aim of this initiative is to educate businesses and their employees about the importance of eye health, including safety tips on how to prevent vision-threatening eye accidents.
Every day, workers suffer from job related eye injuries that need medical attention. Safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two most common reasons that employees get eye injuries is because they fail to protect their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.
Most often, eye injuries that take place in the workplace are a result of flying particles or falling objects such as wood, metal, dust or concrete that can enter or scratch the eye. Chemical sprays, fumes and radiation can also scorch and damage the delicate eye tissues.
Keeping Safety in Sight
There are four crucial ways to avoid eye accidents at work:
- Learn the eye safety dangers found at your workplace.
- Lessen your exposure to risks before even beginning work by asking for machine guards, work screens or other engineering controls.
- Wear protective glasses that are fitted well and provide sufficient protection for your job. Your optometrist will be able to assist in selecting the best safety eyewear for your profession.
- Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in good condition, and replace when damaged.
Healthy Screen Vision
Those who spend a large portion of their day working at the computer or using hand held devices are also at increased risk of vision problems.
Here 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 which will help your eyes rest. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a hand-held device, make the font bigger so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
In addition try to maintain the brightness of your screen to a comfortable resolution and place your monitor right under eye level to present less of a strain on your eyes. You should also speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
If you have any further questions relating to eye safety at your workplace, please give us a call today!