Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The goal of this initiative is to teach businesses and their workers about the importance of eye wellness, including safety tips on how to avoid vision-threatening eye incidents.
Each day, employees suffer from job related eye injuries that need medical attention. Safety experts and doctors say that the two most common reasons that employees experience eye injuries is either because they fail to use anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety precautions.
Common Eye Injuries
The most frequent dangers present in the workplace include airborne particles or falling objects such as wood, metal, dust or concrete that can penetrate or cut the eye. Chemicals, gases and radiation can also scorch and seriously damage the eye tissues.
Safe Sight on Site
There are four important tips to prevent eye injuries:
- Learn the eye hazards present in your workplace.
- Reduce your exposure to risks before starting work by asking for machine shields, work screens or other safety devices.
- Wear protective glasses that are fitted correctly and provide sufficient coverage for your job. Your eye doctor will be able to help to determine the most suitable safety eyewear for your circumstances.
- Make sure to keep your protective eyewear in good condition.
Healthy Screen Vision
Working on computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be harmful for your sight. Because of the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Below are some 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 least every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.
Additionally try to keep the light intensity of your screen to a comfortable resolution and place your screen right under eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to consider purchasing computer glasses.
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