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Taking Care of Your Eyes in the Workplace

Your eyes are amazing, and can withstand all sorts of hazards. However, when your eyes are exposed to the same dangers day after day, it can take a toll on their health and put your vision in jeopardy. 

At Cooper Eye Care, our team of experts is ready to care for your eyes when you need them, but we also encourage you to protect your eyes so that you can avoid injury or damage to your vision. In this post we describe some of the dangers to your eyes you may face at work, as well as steps you can take to protect yourself. 

Potential dangers vary by profession

Although the threats to the health of your eyes are very different if you’re a database manager than if you’re a custodian, in both cases you face very real dangers. Here are a few of the different kinds of things that can be bad for your eye health: 

The best way to protect your eyes depends in large part on what you do all day. If you face eye strain from looking at a screen all day, wearing safety goggles won’t help! 

Proper protection 

If you work in manufacturing, construction, janitorial services, healthcare, or any other industry where you’re likely to be exposed to anything that could get in your eyes and cause injury or disease, wearing the proper eye protection is critical. Occupational Safety and Health says that around 2,000 people have eye injuries at work each day. Experts estimate that number could be reduced by 90% with the correct protection. 

Reducing eye strain

If most of your working hours are spent looking at a screen, you have an increased risk of eye strain, which can lead to headaches, dry eyes, and blurred vision. There are ways to reduce eye strain. 

Positioning

Make sure your screen is 20-26 inches away from your eyes, and just below eye level. You should also use an adjustable chair, and a screen that can tilt and swivel so that you can move it as needed. 

Size matters

It’s easy to change the size of the text on your screen. Make sure that yours is a comfortable size. 

Get the light right

Harsh reflections and glare can increase the likelihood of eye strain. Change the lighting if possible, or use a glare filter over your screen. 

Use the 20-20-20 method

Every 20 minutes, stop looking at your screen for 20 seconds, and focus on something about 20 feet away. Set a timer to help you remember, if needed. 

Visit us regularly 

Regardless of your profession, having regular eye exams is an important part of maintaining good eye health. Regular exams allow our experts to catch any issues early, and gives you an opportunity to ask any questions pertinent to your specific circumstances. 

Book an appointment today to learn more about how you can best protect your eyes while you’re working. 

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