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To enlighten companies and their workers about the importance of vision wellness, and to spread advice on how to prevent vision-threatening eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has marked March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.

Every day, employees are inflicted by job related eye injuries that require medical attention. Safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two main reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is because they fail to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety precautions.

The most frequent dangers in the workplace include airborne particles or falling objects such as dust, concrete, metal or wood that can enter or cut the eye. Chemicals, gases and lasers can also burn and damage the eyes.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

An eye care professional is trained to assist you to identify potential eye dangers at your workplace and decide on the best kind of eye protection for you.

Sometimes workplaces possess multiple eye hazards and finding proper eye protection should consider all possible risks.
People working with chemicals should wear goggles, and if you work in an environment where there are falling objects or particles, choose safety glasses with shields along the sides too.
Working close to hazardous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets designed specifically for this sort of work.

Healthy Screen Vision

Those who spend a large portion of their day working on computers or using mobile devices are also at higher risk of vision problems. Because of the prevailing use of computers in everyday life, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Below are a few 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. Every 20 minutes, 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'll be able to use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.

Additionally try to adjust the brightness of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and place your screen just below eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You should also consider purchasing computer glasses.

For more information about vision care at work, please contact us today!