Workplace eye injuries are usually the result of the wrong type of eye protection, ill-fitting designs, or just not having any protection at all. The regulation 29CFR 1910.133 states that, “The employer shall ensure that each affected employee uses appropriate eye or face protection when exposed to eye or face hazards from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation.
Are you thinking, “That doesn’t matter to me, I sit at a desk working on a computer all day.”?
If so, your eye wellness is also at risk. Less risk from an object, yet more risk from digital eye strain. Symptoms for digital eye strain include blurred vision, dry eyes and headaches. According to Dr. Mark Kahrhoff, this occurs for several reasons. First, significant muscular effort is required to sustain clear vision at close working distances. Over hours, the visual system simply experiences muscular fatigue. Secondly, sustained close work also commands tremendously focused attention and can result in perceptual tunneling that increases distractibility and reduces attention span.
To help reduce the effects of digital eye strain, Prevent Blindness recommends that workers take frequent breaks by using the “20-20-20” rule. Every 20 minutes look away from your screen and look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset and replenish themselves.
Eye Injury Prevention Tips:
If your eye wellness is compromised understand the steps to prevent further damage: