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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!

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan