Preventing Eye Injuries in the Workplace
According to Prevent Blindness America (PBA), more than 2,000 American workers suffer an eye injury each day and nearly one million Americans have lost some of their sight due to an eye injury.
PBA estimates that 90 percent of workplace eye injuries can be avoided if safety eyewear is used effectively. Nearly three out of five people suffering eye injuries at work were wearing no protection at all, according to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey.
Wear the proper eye and face protection by selecting the right eye protection for the work site. Make sure your safety eyewear is in good condition. Make sure your safety eyewear fits right and stays in place.
Working in the office can be just as hazardous to your eyesight. The most common eye problem is computer vision syndrome. Too much screen time and not enough breaks can cause headaches, inattentiveness, neck pain, back strain, and dry eye.
Adjust your screen to be at eye level and away from direct light source so there is not a glare on the screen. Remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, you should look at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds to prevent eye muscle fatigue. Don’t forget to blink to keep your eyes from getting dried out. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and schedule regular, comprehensive eye exams.
If you feel something in your eye, don’t rub the affected eye. Flush with lots of water and report the incident immediately.