To educate companies and their employees about the importance of vision wellness, and to provide safety tips on how to prevent vision-threatening eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.
Each day, people suffer from workplace related eye injuries that need the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and doctors believe the two most prevalent reasons that people sustain eye injuries is either because they fail to use anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.
Common Eye Injuries
The most common hazards present in the work environment include flying particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or cut the eye. Chemicals, fumes and flames can also burn and injure the sensitive eyes.
Safe Sight on Site
There are four crucial ways to protect your eyes from injury:
- Be aware of the eye hazards present in your work.
- Limit the possibility of danger before starting work by requesting machine guards, screens or other safety devices.
- Wear safety goggles that are fitted properly and give sufficient protection for what you are doing. Your eye doctor will be able to assist in selecting the most suitable protective eyewear for your particular situation.
- Make sure to keep your protective eyewear in great condition.
Healthy Screen Vision
Those who spend a large portion of their day working at the computer or using mobile devices are also at risk of vision problems. Because of the prevailing use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some ways to prevent eye strain and visual discomfort when working on a computer or using a hand held device:
Implement the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At every 20 minute interval look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a mobile device, make the font bigger so you'll be able to use it at a distance better for your eyes.
In addition keep the brightness of your monitor 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 may also want to consider the option of computer glasses.
If you have further queries about eye safety in the workplace, please talk to us today!