You will face various types of eye injuries or risks to your eye health depending on the type of job you have. There are two broad categories to look at: office jobs and physical labor jobs. Let’s look at the steps you can take to protect your vision and eye health while at work.
Eye Health in the Office
If you have an office job, eye health might not be something you think about too much. There is no dangerous machinery or chemicals to deal with, but there is still the chance when you work in front of a screen all day that you could develop digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome. When you spend hours staring at a computer screen, it can leave your eyes tired and irritated. The common symptoms for eye strain include neck pain, headaches, back strain, dry eye, and inattentiveness. It can also impact your productivity!
There are several things you can do to minimize or eliminate the effects of digital eye strain. These simple habits include repositioning the computer screen, drinking more water, making a conscious effort to blink more often, wearing eyewear with blue-light lenses, or following the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away). Also, you can visit your Optometrist regularly for exams!
Physical Labor and Eye Safety
When working in carpentry, construction, manufacturing, auto repair, electrical work, maintenance, welding, plumbing, mining, or even in a lab, there are different dangers you will face. The risk of significant eye injury also increases. At least 2,000 workers in these fields are treated for eye injuries every day, which is a pretty significant number. But when you use the right safety equipment or eyewear, 90% of eye injuries are preventable. Make sure you wear your safety eyewear, goggles, face shield, welding helmet, or full-face respirator. Your eyes will thank you!
Do You Have Questions About Workplace Eye Safety? Just Ask Our Experts at SafeVision!
Whether you’ve been experiencing symptoms of eye strain or are looking to improve the eyewear to keep your employees safe at your company, our experts at SafeVision are here to answer all of your questions. Visit our website or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and together we can show how best to protect your vision.