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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 employees to be knowledgeable
about workplace eye safety and how to prevent work related eye injuries.

Every day, employees sustain workplace related eye injuries that need medical attention. Workplace safety experts and doctors say that the two main reasons that employees sustain eye injuries is because they don't use anything to protect their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.

High risk occupations for eye accidents include construction, manufacturing, mining, woodwork, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and general maintenance.

Safe Sight on Site

There are four crucial ways to avoid eye accidents at work:

  • Be aware of the eye safety dangers found at your work.
  • Limit the possibility of danger before even beginning work by using machine guards, screens or other safety devices.
  • Wear safety goggles that sit well and give enough coverage for what you are doing. Your optometrist will be able to help to determine the best protective eyewear for your particular situation.
  • Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition, and replace when even just slightly damaged.

Healthy Screen Vision

Those who spend a lot of time working at the computer or using hand held devices are also at increased risk of vision problems. Due to the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.

Here are some helpful suggestions to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when working on a computer or using a hand held device:

Implement the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. At every 20 minute interval look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If using a hand-held device, make the font bigger so you can use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.

In addition try to maintain the brightness of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and position your monitor right under eye level to present less of a strain on your eyes. You should also 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! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!