Believe it or not, workplace eye injuries are extremely common. According to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, nearly 2,000 U.S. workers suffer from job-related eye injuries. Injuries on the job cost an estimated $300 million a year in medical treatment, workers compensation, and lost productivity. Here are tips to help you and your employees avoid common workplace eye injuries.
Eye Wellness in the Workplace
Receive Regular Eye Exams
Eye exams evaluate not only your visual sharpness, but also the complete health of your eyes. Eye exams can detect eye diseases and early signs of serious health problems, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The doctors at Davis Vision Center are experienced with general eye exams and all types of eye disease care.
Follow the 20-20-20 Rule
Working on a computer for an extended period of time can cause digital eye strain, which may lead to headaches, eye discomfort, and vision problems. The AOA recommends the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Position your computer screen at least 20 inches away to further reduce the risk of digital eye strain.
Wear Protective Equipment
Depending on the hazards in your workplace, you may want to wear safety glasses. Occupations with a high risk of eye injuries include mining, carpentry, auto repair, plumbing, construction, manufacturing, electrical work, and more. If you work with chemicals or hazardous radiation, you must use special-purpose safety glasses or goggles to protect your eyes.
Conduct an Eye Hazard Assessment of the Workplace
If you are an employer, it’s important to take steps to make sure the work environment is as safe as possible. Evaluate any potential eye hazards and determine what type of eye protection may be needed. For more information, see the American Optometric Association’s occupational visual manual.
What to do After an Eye Emergency
First and foremost, seek medical attention as soon as possible following an eye injury, particularly if you have pain or loss of vision. First aid should be taken until medical attention has been received. If chemicals get in your eye, immediately flush the eye with water for 10 to 15 minutes. For cuts and punctures, do not attempt to wash the eye or remove an object that is stuck.
Schedule an Eye Exam at Davis Vision Center
If you need to schedule a routine eye exam, give us a call at Davis Vision Eye Center and set an appointment. We've already helped thousands of Utah residents improve their lives with better eyesight, and we'd love to show you how we can improve yours as well. Our convenient location is great for patients living in the Salt Lake Valley as well as the Northern and Southern Utah areas.