Every year, approximately 25,000 Americans have to go to the emergency room to receive treatment for a workplace eye injury. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health shares that even the slightest eye trauma may cause lifetime vision problems. As we observe Workplace Eye Wellness Month this March, your trusted eye doctor from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care shares four tips on protecting your eyes while on the job.
1. Perform an Eye Hazard Assessment
First, establish the dangers of your job to your eyes. Construction workers and carpenters, for example, are at a high risk of having sawdust, wood debris, or cement particles enter their eyes. Lab technicians and scientists are at risk of being splashed with harmful chemicals. Cooks work with boiling water and hot oil, which can also pose a hazard to the eyes.
People with office jobs are at risk of developing computer vision syndrome. Also known as digital eye strain, this condition causes visual discomfort and results from working on the computer or another digital device for a long period of time.
2. Wear Your Prescription Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
Good eyesight is essential to doing your job efficiently. This is why it’s necessary to wear your prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses while you’re working. Doing so gives you improved visual acuity and comfort, enhancing both your safety and productivity.
3. Use Proper Eye Protection
Using proper eye protection while at work is also a must. Did you know that at least 90% of all reported eye injury cases could have been prevented by wearing safety eyewear? If you’re working in a dusty environment, select a pair of protective glasses with side shields. If your job requires you to handle harmful substances, wear goggles. Look for lenses made of polycarbonate, a durable material that can withstand high pressure and strong impact.
4. Have Your Eyes Checked Regularly
Most importantly, visit your optometrist for an eye exam. This gives us an opportunity to detect any underlying vision problems and provide prompt treatment.
For more tips on how to protect your eyes at work, call us at (301) 859-4060. You may also complete our form to request an appointment. We serve Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and the surrounding communities.