According to statistics, approximately 25,000 Americans go to the emergency room each year due to an injury that occurs in the workplace. A majority of these injuries could be prevented by taking certain precautions. In this blog post, the expert vision team at Laser Eye Center shares ways you can protect your eyesight at work.
Wear Safety Goggles
Individuals who work with heavy machinery or in environments with potential hazards are encouraged to wear proper eye protection. Types of proper eye protection include safety goggles, helmets and face shields. Wearing the right eye protection can minimize the chances of debris, glass, chemicals or other hazardous materials from entering and harming the eye.
Protect Against Eye Infection
Anyone can get an eye infection but individuals in the healthcare and animal handling industries are at higher risk. Teachers and daycare workers are also at an increased risk of developing certain infections, including pink eye. You can lower your risk of getting an eye infection by taking a few precautionary steps, including frequently washing your hands and wearing the appropriate protective gloves or eyewear.
Prevent Digital Eyestrain
Individuals who work in front of a computer are at risk of digital eyestrain, which includes an array of symptoms such as dry eye, headaches, neck pain, blurry vision, red eyes, and irritation. Although these symptoms are not serious, they certainly are bothersome. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to alleviate digital eye strain:
- Blink often to keep your eyes moist and comfortable
- Opt for floor lamps instead of overhead fluorescent lighting
- Position your computer screen to approximately 30 inches away from eye level
- Invest in an anti-glare screen
- Adjust your computer screen’s brightness (it should roughly match the brightness of the room you are in)
- Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at an object that is at least 20 feet away
- Talk to your eye doctor about getting computer glasses
If you experience persistent blurry vision, you may be eligible for All Laser LASIK. The laser vision correction procedure can correct refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. By doing so, All Laser LASIK can lower a person’s dependence on prescription glasses and contact lenses. If you are interested in learning more about All Laser LASIK, contact Laser Eye Center™. Schedule a FREE consultation by calling (800) 80-LASER (52737) today.