March 28, 2018
Eye injuries at work are very common, according to the American Optometric Association. But most of these injuries can be prevented with the proper eye protection and with raised awareness.
Depending on your occupation, there are workplace eye safety precautions to take. Eye injuries at the workplace happen for two main reasons – you were not wearing any eye protection or you were wearing the wrong type of eye protection for the job at hand. Consider these potential hazards at your workplace:
- Projectiles or particles like bits of wood and metal that could fall or fly into your eye
- Chemicals that could splash into your eyes or create fumes
- Radiation exposure like UV, infrared and lasers
- Oil or grease that could splash into your eyes
- Bloodborne pathogens
Then take these steps to prevent an eye injury:
- Assess your workplace and look for possible eye safety hazards
- If possible, remove or reduce the eye hazard
- Wear appropriate eye safety gear like safety glasses, goggles and face shields
- Regularly inspect your eye safety gear to be sure it’s still effective and not damaged
Blue light at work
Another eye hazard at work is blue light from your computer screen. If you have prolonged exposure to digital devices, you could be susceptible to Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. If you spend more than two hours a day in front of the computer, you have a 90% chance of developing this vision problem.
To prevent digital eye strain at work, use the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and focus on something at least 20 feet away.
For Workplace Eye Wellness Month, Prevent Blindness America reminds all employees to have regular comprehensive eye exams to be sure they have sufficient vision in order to do their jobs safely.