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Your Vision in the Workplace

The office or factory 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 avoid work related eye injuries.
Every day, employees are inflicted by job related eye injuries that demand medical attention. Safety experts and healthcare professionals say that the two main reasons that workers experience eye injuries are because they fail to use anything to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong kind of eye protection.
Common Eye Injuries Most commonly, eye injuries that occur in the workplace are due to flying particles or falling objects such as concrete, wood, metal or dust that can enter or scratch the eye. Chemicals, fumes and lasers can also scorch and injure the eye tissues.
Protection for your Eyes
Your optometrist is trained to assist you to evaluate potential eye hazards at work and decide on the best type of eye safety for you.
Some workplaces possess multiple eye hazards and finding proper eye protection needs to take all potential dangers into account.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, while if you work in a place where you encounter airborne objects or dust, pick safety glasses that have side shields.
For those who work close to dangerous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets made just for this sort of work.
Computer Monitors and Healthy Vision
Working at computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be unsafe for your vision. Because of the increase in the use of computers in our lives, these dangers are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Here are some ways to avoid putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when using hand held devices or working on a computer:
Learn the 20-20-20 rule to give your eyes a rest. At every 20 minute interval take a 20 second break and have a look at something about 20 feet in the distance. If you're using a mobile device, enlarge the text so you'll be able to use it at a distance more gentle for your eyes.
Also maintain the brightness of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and position your monitor just below eye level to be 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 in danger 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!