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Your Vision in the Workplace

March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, says Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this directive is to teach corporations and their workers about the relevance of vision health, including safety tips on how to prevent vision-impairing eye mishaps.

Every day, workers are inflicted by job related eye injuries that need medical attention. Workplace safety experts and doctors believe the two most common reasons that employees get eye injuries is because they don't shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.

High risk occupations for eye injuries include construction, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and general maintenance.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

Your optometrist is trained to help you identify possible eye hazards at your workplace and decide on the best type of eye safety for you.

Some working conditions possess multiple eye hazards and using the correct eye protection should take all potential dangers into account.
People working with chemicals must wear goggles, while if you work in an environment where you encounter airborne objects or particles, use safety glasses with shields along the sides too.
For those who work near hazardous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics requires the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed especially for what you will be doing.

Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision

Working with computers or using mobile and hand held devices can also be dangerous for your vision. Due to the prevailing use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Here are some tips to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Implement the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At least every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and watch something 20 feet away. If you're using a hand-held device, make the font bigger so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

Additionally maintain the light intensity of your screen to a comfortable resolution and place your monitor right under eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to consider the option of computer glasses.

If you have further questions concerning vision care at your workplace, please talk to us today!