Eye Health News: March – Workplace Eye Protection
Most people aim to live a healthy lifestyle. They workout, eat healthy, and drink plenty of water throughout the day; but, sometimes the eyes and eyesight are overlooked. In order to help combat overlooking your eyes and eyesight, at My Eyelab, we’re raising awareness the month of March for Workplace Eye Protection.
In today’s digital workplace, protecting your eyes goes further than just wearing protective eyewear when working with tools. Nowadays, you have to protect your eyes from the damage caused by computer screens and prolonged amounts of time staring at screens. Digital eye strain is becoming a prevalent issue in today’s workplace.
Protecting your Vision from Digital Screens
- Follow the 20-20-20 Rule: The 20-20-20 rule states that for every 20 minutes that you spend staring at a screen, you should stare at something that is 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
- Don’t forget to Blink: It is easy to overlook blinking when you are using a computer, but blinking moistens the eye and prevents dry eye.
- Increase your Breaks: Most employees only take two 15 minute breaks throughout the day. It is now 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.
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 safety eyewear appropriate for sports and hobbies to protect agains foreign objects or impact injuries.
- Wear UV protective sunglasses when outside.
What to do in case of Eye Emergency
- If you receive an impact injury to the eye: Gently place an ice pack so that it can control the swelling.
- 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. 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.
Implementing these tips into your daily routine will help protect your eyesight and ensure that it lasts a lifetime!
If it’s been some time since your last eye exam, it’s time so stop by a My Eyelab location near you and schedule your eye exam!