In 2013 the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported over 22,000 eye injuries in the workplace resulting in lost work. This statistic doesn’t even take into account the eye injuries not resulting in loss work, or continuous eye strain that may be a result of unhealthy habits in the workplace. That’s why Prevent Blindness America has dedicated March to being Workplace Eye Wellness Month and Corrective Eye Center encourages our patients and friends to spread the word.
When we go to work each day, we seldom think we’re putting our sight at risk, however, if you’re not taking appropriate precautions to keep your eyes healthy, you could be one of the 2,000 eye injuries that occur each day in the workplace.
Eye Injuries in the Workplace
Of all work-related injuries, 10-20% will cause some form of vision loss – either temporary or permanent. Experts believe that proper precautions can have a positive impact on the number of eye injuries and their severity. Wearing eye protection at work can help eliminate the most common form of injuries including flying objects, chemicals, tools and particles. Learn more in Preventing Eye Injuries at Home, in the Game and on the Job
Eye Strain in the Workplace – Computer Vision Syndrome
“The use of digital technology has become part of daily life for so many of us,” said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness. “It is important to be mindful of the effects that increased exposure to screens and blue light can have on our eyes. By being vigilant about protecting our vision now, we can help keep our eyes healthy in the future.”
If you are like most people who work with computers or electronic devices all day, there are certain things you can do to prevent Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS), also referred to as Digital Eye Strain – a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer, tablet, e-reader and cell phone use. Here are some tips that you can use:
- Don’t forget to take small breaks: If at all possible take frequent, small breaks from working on your computer. Go for a walk and stretch, give your eyes the rest they deserve.
- Use the 20/20/20 Rule: Take a 20 second reprieve every 20 minutes you look at your computer and center your vision on something that is at least 20 feet away. Learn more about the 20-20-20 Rule and Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
- Remember to blink: This simple action reduces dry eye and maintains healthy eyes.
- Get annual dilated eye exams: Visit an eye doctor for a dilated eye exam to make sure you are seeing clearly and to detect any potential vision issues. Eye exams are a perfect way to keep tabs on your eye health.
- Adjust lighting and screen settings: Change your lighting to lower glare and harsh reflections. Glare filters over your computer screen can also help.
- Reduce the need to change your eye focus frequently: Use a document holder, or some other form of placing the document you’re working on next to your computer screen. It should be close enough that you don’t have to swing your head back and forth or constantly change your eye focus.
Visit the eye doctors at Corrective Eye Center for annual eye exams to make sure your eyes are healthy. At Corrective Eye Center, we make scheduling an eye exam as easy as calling 216-574-8900 or just simply request an appointment on our website.