In an effort to educate companies and their employees about the relevance of eye wellness, and to provide advice on how to avoid vision-endangering eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Each day, workers are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that demand the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two most common reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is because they don't use anything to protect their eyes or they are using the incorrect form of eye protection.
High risk jobs for eye accidents include building, factory work, mining, woodwork, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and maintenance.
Making Work a Safe Site
There are 4 crucial ways to avoid eye accidents at work:
- Know the eye safety risks found at your job.
- Reduce your exposure to risks before starting work by asking for machine shields, work screens or other engineering controls.
- Use safety goggles that sit properly and give sufficient protection for your tasks. Your eye doctor will be able to help in determining the most suitable safety eyewear for your profession.
- Keep your protective eyewear in optimal condition, and have it replaced if even just slightly damaged.
Healthy Screen Vision
Working at computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your eyes. Because of the prevailing use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Below are some helpful suggestions to prevent eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break to look at something 20 feet away. If you're using a hand-held device, make the font bigger so you'll be able to use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.
Also try to adjust the light intensity of your screen to a comfortable resolution and position 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 queries concerning eye safety at your workplace, please talk to us today!