March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Whether you spend hours in front of a computer or use power tools at your day job, it is always important to keep eye health and safety in mind as the gift of sight is irreplaceable.
Today, more and more individuals depend on technology throughout the day. The added eye strain, dryness and irritation and its effects become greater. This increased use of digital devices exposes workers to long, uninterrupted amounts of time focusing on computer screens and smartphones.
All of this screen time can result in computer vision syndrome. Computer vision syndrome is a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Symptoms can range from eye twitching to physical fatigue.
There are some things that you can do to prevent or reduce computer vision syndrome if you spend a large portion of your day in front of a computer screen.
Utilize the 20/20/20 Rule
Take a 20 second break every 20 minutes and focus your vision on something that is 20 feet away.
Remember to Blink
When working on a computer or any other electronic device for an extended amount of time, you tend to blink less often. It's important for you to tell yourself to blink, because blinking keeps your eyes moist, preventing dry eye from occurring.
Regular Eye Exams
The first step in preventing computer vision syndrome is to schedule a regular eye examination with your doctor. Eye exams are a great way for your doctor to assess your eye health and make sure that you communicate with your doctor to your level of daily computer usage.
Your eye doctor may be able to prescribe eyewear specifically designed for computer use. This eye wear can actually help alleviate eye strain when using electronic devices.
If you can, take short, frequent breaks from working on your computer. Look up, and away from your screen to give your eyes a rest from focusing on your screen.
If your job requires the use of heavy machinery, be sure to remember safety glasses. All it takes is a tiny sliver of metal, a particle of dust or a splash of chemical to cause significant and even permanent eye damage.
The human eye is often taken for granted. While people are accustomed to eating healthy foods and receiving the proper amount of exercise, many rarely consider their vision health. When it comes to our eyes, it is most important to protect the eyesight we have been given. During Workplace Eye Wellness Month, the Eye Care Center wants to remind everyone that workplace eye safety is paramount and invaluable to maintain vision health.Almost 1,000 people injure their eyes while working every day. Of these 1000, one third of the injuries are severe enough to be treated in the hospital emergency room. The majority of injuries that happen within the workplace are due to small particles, tools, or chemicals in the eye. Eye problems are not just attributed to injuries, as computer work alone is resulting in more and more eye problems every day. Because eyesight can be at risk in numerous ways, it is extremely important to be aware of and practice eye safety in the workplace. The majority of workplace eye injuries are due to not wearing appropriate eye protection. Whether it is goggles, helmets, face shields, or just safety glasses, simply wearing them will protect and in many cases save eyesight. When there is any type of eye hazard, proper eye protection should be worn at all times. People who work under fluorescent lights have a higher risk of developing eye issues, including cataracts and macular degeneration. This is because the lights have UV radiation within them.So, continue to practice good eye health in March and remember that your eyes are too valuable to be taken for granted. See your eye doctor andnwear eye protection!