Workplace Eye Wellness Month is coming this March. It’s a good time to evaluate your current work habits to look for ways to keep your vision safe while at work. When most people think of careers with risks, they usually envision construction or other fields that require physical labor and machinery. The reality is that many other professions also come with risks, like office jobs that involve the use of computers.
Check Your Eyewear
Always use proper eyewear at work. The right type will depend on the job you are doing. Office jobs may only require a pair of prescription glasses or contacts as needed. Professions that involve tools, machinery, or chemicals may demand heavy-duty safety goggles.
Make sure your eyewear is in good, functioning condition and replace or repair immediately as needed. Even if you don’t need goggles, your prescription glasses or contacts should always be the correct strength to prevent eyestrain. Talk to your ophthalmologist right away if you notice a change in your vision.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
The 20-20-20 rule is very important today with more jobs involving the use of computers. This guideline prevents digital strain by setting a time limit for your eyes. The rule states that after 20 minutes spent looking at a computer screen, you should stop and focus your eyes on an object that is 20 feet or more away for at least 20 seconds.
An Eye-Friendly Workspace
Setup your workspace so that it is eye-friendly. Keep protective gear you need close by and use it. When working on a computer, use an anti-glare screen and position the monitor at a right angle away from light sources.
Also, remember to undergo regular comprehensive eye exams. Contact Grosinger, Spigelman & Grey Michigan’s Leading Eye Care Physicians to schedule an appointment.
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