To teach companies and their employees about the relevance of vision health, and to spread advice on how to prevent vision-threatening eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Each day, workers are inflicted by job related eye injuries that require medical attention. Safety experts and doctors say that the two most common reasons that workers get eye injuries is because they don't wear anything to protect their eyes or they are using the incorrect form of eye protection.
Common Eye Injuries
Most commonly, eye injuries that take place in the work environment are a result of small particles or falling objects such as dust, concrete, metal or wood that can penetrate or scratch the eye. Chemicals, gases and flames can also burn and seriously injure the delicate eye tissues.
Keeping Safety in Sight
Here are four steps you can take to avoid eye accidents at work:
- Learn the eye safety dangers related to your workplace.
- Lessen the possibility of danger before even beginning work by using machine guards, work screens or other safety devices.
- Wear safety goggles that are fitted correctly and provide sufficient coverage for your tasks. Your eye doctor will be able to help in selecting the most suitable safety eyewear for your particular situation.
- Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in good condition.
Healthy Screen Vision
Those who spend a lot of time working on computers or using mobile devices are also at increased risk of vision problems. Due to the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some tips to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when working on a computer or using a hand held device:
Learn the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. At least every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If using a hand-held device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance better for your eyes.
Also keep the brightness of your screen to a comfortable resolution and position your screen just below eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
If you have any further questions relating to eye safety at work, please contact us today!