March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month! Almost 2,000 people injure their eyes at work every day. So, during the month of March it is important to raise awareness of practicing workplace eye safety. The American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds employers and workers about the importance of wearing certified and approved eye protection.
Most injuries that occur in the workplace are caused by small particle abrasions or chemical splashes, but wearing protective eyewear will deter you from these horrible accidents. Our doctors treat abrasions from getting metal and wood as well as chemicals in your eyes. Bladen Eye Center can assist you with making sure your safety glasses are certified and safe for you!
A recent survey found that computer work alone resulted in 14% of patients' reported eye problems. Many jobs are increasing employees usage of computers, phones, and tablets. Staring at computer screens all day can create Digital Eye Strain or Computer Vision Syndrome. You can experience eye strain/fatigue, dry eye, headaches, blurry vision, and neck pain. So remember to take regular breaks when on a device for an extended period of time. This allows your eyes to rest and gives the surface of your eyes a chance to regain moisture. Be sure your monitor is approximately 15-20 degrees lower then eye level and about 20-28 inches away. When on digital devices your eyes are exposed to blue light which can cause damage to the cells in the retina. Studies show this damage can increase a person's risk of macular degeneration. Blue light also suppresses melatonin production causing trouble sleeping. Bladen Eye Center offers specific lenses that filter out the damaging blue light and decreases the chances of eye disease.
According to preventblindness.org, 10-20% of the total amount of work related injuries will cause permanent vision loss. They also state that the correct eye protection could lessen the severity or even prevent 90% of eye injuries in accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that almost three out of five workplace eye injuries are due to not wearing appropriate eye protection.
Remember don't take your eyes for granted. Workplace Eye Safety actions are easy and very important. Our doctors at Bladen Eye Center are here to help with the education of precautions to take in the workplace. They treat numerous eye injuries and our optician can help insure you have the proper eye protection. Schedule your eye exam today and learn how to protect your eyes.