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To enlighten corporations and their employees about the necessity of vision wellness, and to provide safety tips on how to avoid vision-threatening eye accidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has set aside the month of March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.

Every day, workers sustain job related eye injuries that need medical attention. Safety experts and doctors say that the two main reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is either because they fail to use anything to shield their eyes or they are using the incorrect kind of eye protection.

High risk occupations for eye injuries include building, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and maintenance.

Protection for your Eyes

Your optometrist can assist you to evaluate possible eye hazards at work and decide on the optimal kind of eye protection for you.

Some workplaces have multiple risks for eyes and finding the best eye protection must consider all possible risks.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, and if you work in a place where you encounter airborne objects or particles, choose safety glasses with shields along the sides too.
For those who work near dangerous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed specifically for what you will be doing.

Eye Safety with Screens

Those who spend a large portion of their day working on computers or using mobile devices are also at increased risk of discomfort such as blurred vision, headaches and eye strain.

Below are a few suggestions to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when working on a computer or using a hand held device:

Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break and watch something about 20 feet in the distance. If 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.

Additionally try to keep the light intensity of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your monitor just below eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.

For more information about protecting your vision at your workplace, please talk to us today!