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Vision Wellness in the Workplace

In an effort to enlighten companies and their workers about the relevance of vision wellness, and to spread safety tips on how to prevent vision-impairing eye incidents, Prevent Blindness America (PBA) has designated March as Workplace Vision Wellness Month.

Every day, workers suffer from job related eye injuries that require medical attention. Safety experts and doctors believe the two most common reasons that workers experience eye injuries is because they don't wear anything to shield their eyes or they are using the wrong kind of eye protection.

Building, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, car and truck repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and general maintenance are all high risk jobs for eye accidents.

Protection for your Eyes

An eye care professional can assist you to determine potential eye hazards at work and decide on the best sort of eye protection for you.

Often, working conditions pose multiple risks for eyes and finding the correct eye protection needs to take all potential dangers into account.
People working with chemicals must wear goggles, while if you work in a place where there are airborne objects or dust, pick safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
Working in close proximity to dangerous radiation when welding, using lasers, or fiber optics calls for the use of special-purpose safety glasses, protective goggles with a face shield, or helmets designed just for this sort of work.

Occupational Lenses

Those who spend a lot of time working on computers or using mobile devices may have discomfort such as blurred vision, headaches and eye strain.

Here are a few helpful tips when using hand held devices or working on a computer:

Implement the 20-20-20 rule, which will improve comfort and efficiency. At least every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away. If using a mobile device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes. Also try to adjust the brightness and resolution and position your monitor just below eye level to be less of a strain on your eyes.

The doctors and licensed opticians at Duvall Advanced Family EyeCare specialize in designing glasses and contact lenses that fit your workplace, hobby and sport needs.  As part of a yearly comprehensive eye exam, we discuss how you use your eyes.  With your individual requirements in mind the doctors create prescriptions and the opticians design lenses specific to your working distances and safety issues.  Many of our patients wear occupational glasses.

If you have any further queries relating to eye safety and comfortable vision at your work or play, please contact us today!


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