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Vision Wellness in the Workplace

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month. The purpose of this initiative is to educate businesses and their workers about the relevance of vision wellness, with advice on how to avoid vision-threatening eye mishaps.

Each day, people are inflicted by job related eye injuries that need medical attention. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two most prevalent reasons that employees experience eye injuries is either because they don't wear anything to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong kind of eye protection.

High risk jobs for eye injuries include construction, factory work, mining, woodwork, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and maintenance.

Protecting your Eyes

An eye doctor can assist you to evaluate potential eye hazards at your workplace and determine the optimal sort of eye protection for you.

Sometimes working conditions possess multiple dangers and using the right eye protection needs to consider all possible risks.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, while if you work in an area where you encounter flying objects or particles, choose safety glasses with shields along the sides too.
For those who work in close proximity to hazardous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics demands the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed just for what you will be doing.

Healthy Screen Vision

Those who spend a lot of time working on computers or using hand held devices are also at increased risk of vision problems. Because of 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:

Learn the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break and have a look at something 20 feet away. If using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance better for your eyes.

Additionally try to maintain the light intensity of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your screen right under eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You should also speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.

If you think that you may be at risk of any eye or vision damage due to your workplace don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!

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