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Eye Health is Often Over-Looked

Eye health is often overlooked, yet eye injuries in the workplace account billions of dollars in cost and lost EVERY DAY!!!

March is Save Your Vision Month – How can you protect your eyes? The American productivity each year. In fact over 2000 employees suffer some type of eye injury Optometric Association (AOA) has some recommendations for all of us:

Computer/PDA users: Studies show that 46% of all Americans spend 5 or more hours a day using a computer or PDA. This practice may lead to dry eyes, headaches, fatigue and blurred vision.

  • Give It A Rest: Remember the 20-20-20 rule. At least every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  • Size Up: Smaller screens on hand-held devices usually favor tiny type that challenges your vision.
  • Sharpen Up: Better resolution offers greater clarity and usually more comfort. Adjust the brightness of the screen to a comfortable intensity, neither too bright nor too dim.
  • Reduce Glare: Hand-held devices present challenges in various lighting conditions. When possible, try to make sure lighting is not directly behind the head or in front. The AOA recommends users try to reduce glare, which may ease reading and can make a bigger difference than increasing the font.
  • Look Down: It’s easier on the eyes to focus on reading material that is below eye level, therefore, the AOA recommends a computer monitor or hand-held device be positioned slightly below eye level.

Use proper protective eyewear
Experts believe that over 90 percent of all eye and vision injuries could be prevented with simple safety steps such as wearing the proper protective eye wear. Yet the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in approximately 60 percent of eye injury cases, workers failed to wear proper protective eye wear.

This includes working at home! Studies showed that nearly two-thirds of Americans do not wear safety glasses or goggles when working on home improvement projects.

I have worked at different facilities that require protective eye wear, the small price of annoyance, is FAR less than comprising the safety or my eyes!  Be Safe Out there!  And protect your eyes-You will be glad you did!

Source: American Optometric Association (AOA)

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