March: Workplace Eye Protection Month
In the eye health world, the month of March is known as Workplace Eye Protection month. In an effort to promote optimal eye health and eye protection in the workplace, we’ve created this blog post that discusses how to properly protect your eyes at work.
In today’s workplace, protecting your eyes goes further than just using protective goggles when working with heavy machinery or tools. Nowadays, you have to also protect our eyes from the damage caused by computer screens and prolonged amounts of time staring at screens. Digital Eye Strain is becoming more of an issue nowadays.
Tips on Protecting Your Vision from Digital Devices
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes you sit at your computer, stare at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Remember to blink: It is common not to blink when working on your computer, but it is vital to blink so that you moisten your eyes and prevent dry eyes.
- Take Breaks: While most people take two 15 minute breaks throughout the day, it is recommended that you take shorter, more frequent breaks from your computer. When taking these breaks make sure to stretch and move around so that your eyes can rest.
- Purchase Computer Eyewear: Eye Doctors can prescribe computer eyewear that can help alleviate eye strain if you are a heavy electronics user.
Tips on Protecting Your Vision from Tools
- Use approved protective eyewear.
- Always use eye protection when using power tools including shop tools and lawn care equipment.
- When mixing or using household cleaning products, make sure to use splash resistant eyewear.
- Select eyewear appropriate for sports and hobbies to protect against foreign objects or impact injuries.
- Wear UV protective sunglasses when outside.
What To Do In Case of an Eye Emergency
- If you receive an impact injury to the eye: Place an ice pack, gently, so that it can control the swelling. Cover the eyes to prevent movement and seek medical attention.
- Burn or Radiation: Place ice packs on the burn and seek out medical attention as soon as possible.
- Debris: If any type of debris gets into your eye, make sure not to rub your eyes or try to remove the embedded object (s). In order to prevent the object from moving, cover the eye and seek out medical help.
- Chemical Splash: Rinse eyes out with cold water for 15 minutes and seek out medical attention immediately.
Following these tips will help you protect your eyesight to ensure that it lasts a lifetime!
If it’s been a while since your last eye exam, stop by a Stanton Optical location near you!