March is Eye Safety and Health Month

Did you know that March is Eye Safety and Health Month? With more than 2,000 American workers getting eye injuries in the workplace every single day, it is essential that awareness is brought to this very important matter.

Many organizations including Prevent Blindness America estimate that 90% of workplace eyes injuries could be avoided with the proper use of safety eyewear.  All of these types of businesses should also establish first-aid procedures for eye injuries and establish eyewash stations, especially in areas where chemicals are used.

But, it isn’t just factory workers in blue-collar type settings that need to be aware of eye injuries. There are also injuries that can occur in office, white-collar type settings.

For example, people sitting in front of a computer for to many hours can experience computer vision syndrome or dry eyes. If you work in this type of environment it is recommended to follow the 20-20-20 rule to prevent eyestrain. This rules means taking a 20 second break every 20 minutes. During that time view something 20 feet away.

Workplace lighting can also cause eyestrain. Bright, glaring light from an electric screen such as mobile device or computer screen can cause workers to get vision-related headaches. If this happens it is recommended to take a short break from the screen to rest your eyes.

You only get one set of eyes. You need to take care of them, even in the workplace. If you continue to have issues see your eye doctor as soon as possible.

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