Prevent Blindness has declared March as workplace eye wellness month, with a focus on job safety.
“Having healthy eyes and vision contributes to our ability to work and remain independent,” Prevent Blindness President and CEO Jeff Todd said in a press release. “We urge everyone to contact an eye care professional for the best ways to keep eyes healthy and work with their employer to make sure their work environment is free of hazards.”
Prevent Blindness stated that eye safety should be a priority whether a job requires extended use of computers and device screens or those in construction or manufacturing where exposure to liquids, particles or flying debris is a concern.
Prevent Blindness recommended that workers should talk with an eye care professional about ways to help minimize eye strain, as well as tips to make the workplace more comfortable for employee’s eyes:
--Screens should be placed 20 to 26 inches away from the eyes and a little bit below eye level.
--Screens that tilt and swivel and adjustable keyboards are helpful.
--Computer glasses with a yellow tint that block blue light can help ease digital eye strain by increasing contrast.
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The group also recommended safety glasses with side shields for those who may be exposed to particles, flying objects or dust. Goggles should always be worn when working with chemicals. For those working near hazardous radiation, such as with welding, lasers or fiber optics, special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields or helmets must be worn.