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Vision and Health at Work

The workplace can be a harmful place for your eyes. It is important for both corporations and their workers to be knowledgeable
about workplace eye safety and ways to prevent work related eye injuries.

Each day, employees are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that need the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Safety experts and doctors believe the two main reasons that employees experience eye injuries is either because they fail to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong kind of eye protection.

Common Kinds of Eye Injuries

The most common dangers in the workplace include small particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can penetrate or cause abrasions on the eye. Chemicals, fumes and lasers can also burn and seriously damage the delicate eyes.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

Your eye care professional can help you evaluate possible eye dangers at your workplace and judge the optimal kind of eye protection for you.

Sometimes working conditions possess multiple dangers and finding the best eye protection needs to take all potential risks into consideration.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, while if you work in an environment where there are falling objects or particles, pick safety glasses that have side shields.
For those who work close to hazardous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics demands the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets made especially for your kind of work.

Eye Safety with Screens

Those who spend a lot of time working at the computer or using mobile devices are also at risk of discomfort such as blurred vision, headaches and eye strain.

Here are a few ways to prevent 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 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 you're using a mobile device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

Additionally keep the light intensity of your monitor to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your monitor just below 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 in danger of any eye or vision damage due to your work environment don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!