To teach businesses and their workers about the importance of eye health, and to spread advice on how to avoid vision-endangering eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Each day, employees suffer from workplace related eye injuries that need medical attention. Workplace safety experts and doctors believe the two most common reasons that workers get eye injuries is because they fail to protect their eyes or they are using the incorrect type of eye protection.
High risk jobs for eye accidents include construction, factory work, mining, woodwork, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and general maintenance.
Making Work a Safe Site
There are four important tips to avoid eye accidents at work:
- Be aware of the eye safety risks related to your work.
- Limit the possibility of danger before you commence work by asking for machine shields, screens or other engineering controls.
- Request protective glasses that fit correctly and give enough coverage for what you are doing. Your optometrist will be able to help in determining the best safety eyewear for your particular situation.
- Make sure to keep your protective eyewear in good condition.
Healthy Screen Vision
Working at computers or using mobile and hand held devices can also be dangerous for your vision. Due to the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some tips to prevent eye strain and visual discomfort when working on a computer or using a hand held device:
Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. At least every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.
Also try to keep the brightness of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your screen right under eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
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