Safety in the work place

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Along with many other eye care providers across the nation, as well as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is promoting good eye health in the work place.

Workplace eye injuries are extremely common. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that each day, 2,000 U.S. workers sustain eye injuries on the job. That’s roughly 43 eye injuries every second!

Safety Eyewear: A Critical Component

One of the most obvious and effective ways to reduce workplace eye injuries is to wear proper safety glasses. It is estimated that 90% of workplace eye injuries could be avoided if safety eyewear is used effectively.

Safety eyewear varies depending upon the type of work being done. The general rule is that anyone passing through a work site use safety eyewear to avoid injuries caused by flying objects, tools, particles and other hazards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to ensure workers have suitable eye protection.

Appropriate protective eye wear such as safety glasses or a face shield that fits comfortably, reduces glare, and does not obstruct vision, will prevent airborne particles, chemicals, and hazardous light rays from damaging the eyes. While eyestrain from looking at digital screens for extended periods of time will not cause permanent injury to the eyes, it is recommended that users take frequent breaks to focus eyes on a more distant object, and to blink frequently to prevent dryness.

Get Regular Exams

Regular eye tests are essential for healthy eyes, but when you work in an environment that’s hazardous to eye health, they become even more important. During an eye test, an optician won’t just check for changes in your vision, but will look for signs of other problems and medical conditions.

To keep your eyes as healthy as possible, schedule eye checks every one to two years. You should also tell your optician if you use computers as part of your daily work routine.


Take Computer Breaks

Staring at a computer screen all day can cause extreme eye strain and dry eyes not to mention headaches and neck and back pain. One of the best ways to avoid this is by giving your eyes regular breaks.

If you work on a computer, always remember the 20/20/20 rule – it is recomended that you take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and to focus your vision on something that is placed around 20 feet away. Longer breaks away from your computer will also benefit your eye health, so get up and take a 15 minute break every few hours.


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