March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, an initiative by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The goal of this directive is to educate companies and their workers about the necessity of vision health, with safety tips on how to avoid vision-threatening eye accidents.
Each day, employees suffer from workplace related eye injuries that require medical attention. Workplace safety experts and doctors say that the two most prevalent reasons that workers get eye injuries is because they don't use anything to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety precautions.
Building, factory work, mining, woodwork, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and maintenance are all high risk jobs for eye injuries.
Safe Sight on Site
There are 4 steps you can take to prevent eye injuries:
- Learn the eye hazards found at your work.
- Reduce your exposure to risks before even beginning work by requesting machine guards, work screens or other engineering controls.
- Request protective glasses that sit properly and provide sufficient protection for what you are doing. Your eye doctor will be able to help in determining the most suitable protective eyewear for your circumstances.
- Keep your protective eyewear in optimal condition, and have it replaced if broken.
Healthy Screen Vision
Working on computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your vision.
Here are some helpful suggestions to prevent eye strain and visual discomfort when working on a computer or using a hand held device:
Learn the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break to watch something 20 feet away. If using a mobile device, increase the font size so you'll be able to use it at a distance better for your eyes.
Also maintain 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 pose less of a strain on your eyes. You should also speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
If you think that you may be at risk of any eye or vision damage due to your work don't delay! Give McCormick Vision Source a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!