The workplace can be a dangerous place for your eyes. It is important for both corporations and their workers to be knowledgeable about workplace eye safety and how to prevent work related eye injuries.
Every day, people suffer from job related eye injuries that demand the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and healthcare professionals believe the two main reasons that people experience eye injuries is because they don't protect their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.
High risk jobs for eye accidents include building, manufacturing, mining, woodwork, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, metal welding and general maintenance.
Protecting your Eyes
An eye doctor is trained to help you identify potential eye dangers at your workplace and decide on the best sort of eye protection for you.
Often, workplaces possess multiple eye hazards and finding the right eye protection should take all potential risks into consideration.
People working with chemicals need to wear goggles, and if you work in an area where there are falling objects or particles, choose safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
For those who work close to hazardous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics demands the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed especially for this sort of work.
Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision
Working at computers or using mobile devices can also be a source of eyestrain. Due to the increase in the use of computers in everyday life, these symptoms are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some suggestions to avoid eye strain and visual discomfort when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Implement the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break and look at something about 20 feet in the distance. If using a hand-held device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.
In addition, try to adjust the brightness of your screen to a comfortable resolution and position your monitor just below eye level to reduce any eyestrain. You may also want to consider purchasing computer glasses.
If you think that you may be at risk of any eye or vision damage due to your work environment don't delay! Visit us for an appointment to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!