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Awareness: Eye Safety on the Job

On the job, our eyes often work just as hard as any other part of our body. Therefore, it’s just as important to protect them from harm by wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).

In March we celebrate two safety awareness campaigns centered on eye health: Workplace Eye Wellness Month and Save Your Vision Month. Maintaining your eyesight is often dependent on the work you do, how strained your eyes become, and having regular comprehensive eye exams from an optometrist.

This year the American Optometric Association’s Save Your Vision Month, is sharing, throughout March, the effects of blue light on overall health. Blue light is a high-energy visible light emitted from digital devices, which can lead to eye strain, sleep issues, blurred vision, headaches, and more. Americans spend an average of seven or more hours per day looking at screens, such as televisions, computers, tablets, and phones. Some solutions to giving your eyes a break from blue light includes:

Additionally, blue light filters are available to help reduce the amount you see every day, including screen filters and filters for those who wear glasses.

Blue light is harmful, but it is also important to consider the possible eye injuries out in the field or even in the office. According to the CDC, each day about 2,000 workers sustain job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. Harm can come to your eyes in numerous ways but these are the most common:

To prevent injuries like these, it is important to wear PPE, such as goggles, face shields, safety glasses, or full face respirators. Individuals should choose the right PPE depending on their work or hazard situation.

Remember PPE can save your vision, and in the long run so can reducing your screen time.

Source: CDC, AOA.org