According to the Prevent Blindness®, proper eyewear could reduce workplace injuries by up to 90%. More than 2,000 people will injure their eyes each day. Moreover, one in ten of these injuries requires one or more missed workdays to recover and 10-20% cause temporary or permanent vision loss. No wonder this organization exists to protect eye health and safety.

It is time to take action and reduce eye injuries on the job. This problem affects all workplace environments, not just outdoor occupations. Office jobs are at risk also, especially from computer screens. In whole, eye injuries cost more than $3 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses and worker compensation.

To bring awareness to prevention efforts, March has been dubbed “Workplace Eye Wellness Month”. Below are a few safety tips and extra resources to help keep your eyes safe.

Safety Tips

1.   Change your computer settings to help your eyes rest easier:  a couple of examples:

a.   adjusting the text size to a more comfortable level,

b.   reducing the lighting to a lower setting,

c.    purchasing a glare filter or glare glasses to use on screens with frequent use.

2.   The Vision Council recommends the “20-20-20” rule: for every 20 minutes of looking at a screen, reading, or viewing a presentation, take a 20-second break, and look at something 20 feet away.

3.   Use eye protection in the workplace:  eye protection compliant with ANSI Z87 defends against work hazards related to welding, chemical handling, assembly operations, construction work and others.

4.   Drink lots of water:  well-hydrated eyes are well-protected eyes. Especially in the cold months, eyes need water to help when the air is particularly dry from heaters and furnaces.

5.   Schedule regular comprehensive eye exams:  whether for you or your workplace, eye exams are important to keep your eyes healthy and prevent any further damage or disease.

How Examinetics can help:

Examinetics has the tools and resources for vision services as part of our onsite health screenings. Vision tests measure visual acuity, or sharpness of vision. This is reported in the common 20/ scale. Vertical and lateral phoria are measurements of the eyes’ ability to combine images received separately into one image. Our color test measures the eyes’ ability to discriminate color at a distance, particularly green and red. We also offer peripheral vision tests.

Contact us or chat with our friendly team today to find out more about how vision tests can help improve the health of your workforce.

 

References

https://www.preventblindness.org/

https://www.graphicproducts.com/newsroom/workplace-eye-wellness-month-spotlights-eye-injuries-and-vision-safety/

https://www.hsi.com/blog/march-is-workplace-eye-wellness-month-infographic

https://yoursightmatters.com/march-is-workplace-eye-wellness-month/

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