Did you know July is National Eye Injury Prevention Month? Your eyes need regular care to keep them in tip-top shape and you should be aware of how your vision is affected by the things you do each day. To protect your eyes, it’s best to identify the risks that you encounter in the workplace.
What is National Eye Injury Prevention Month?
Each year, there are approximately one million eye injuries in America, and 90 percent of them are preventable. The most common causes of eye injuries are complications from debris entering the eye, such as yard debris or workshop dust, fireworks injuries, sports accidents and chemicals.
National Eye Injury Prevention Month aims to raise awareness of common risks and provide information for people to take control of their eye health and improve their wellbeing. There are several risks in the workplace, including computer vision syndrome and digital eye strain; read on to learn about them.
What is Computer Vision Syndrome?
According to Tech Republic, computer vision syndrome can affect those who spend at least two hours each day looking at a computer screen. Symptoms include tired or burning eyes, blurred vision, headache, fatigue, dizziness and trouble focusing.
What is Digital Eye Strain?
In today’s modern workplace, workers can spend up to 10 hours each day looking at computer screens, tablets and phones; once off the clock, these same workers continue their screen usage, often to the detriment of their vision. Digital eye strain becomes common when there is too much screen time in an individual’s life; limiting looking at them to working hours can help.
While computer vision syndrome and digital eye strain aren’t physical ailments requiring medical intervention like debris and other eye injuries, it is a very real threat facing American workers today. Here are four tips for reducing the likelihood of these issues.
Tips for Eye Injury Prevention at Work
- Use the 20-20-20 Rule
The key to maintaining 20/20 vision, the 20-20-20 rule means:
- Every 20 minutes, you should take a break from your computer screen
- Take a break every half hour or so for at least 20 seconds
- Each hour, stand up and move, while looking at something at least 20 feet away
Following the 20-20-20 rule can help reduce fatigue and give your eyes the break they need to stay safe and healthy.
- Use Your Computer’s Brightness Settings
Adjustability is key to health ergonomics in the office; make use of the varying settings on your computer. Different times of day provide varying natural light, so it may be beneficial to adjust the brightness throughout the afternoon. Keeping the brightness high on the computer during the day can help reduce digital eye strain because a bright screen flickers less, which strains your vision.
- Blink (Often!)
One of the reasons you may develop adverse effects from computer vision syndrome is because of dry eyes. When you stare at a computer for long hours, your eyes blink three times less than usual and this can cause headaches and pain. Consider trying some blinking exercises multiple times an hour and pay attention to how often you close your eyes. If you’re experience mild pain, blinking more often can help.
- Get Regular Eye Exams
A part of having healthy vision is to get it checked regularly. If you’re concerned that you are developing digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome, consult an eye doctor for a check-up and advice.
We encourage you to stay healthy during July’s Eye Injury Prevention Month, and year round. For more tips on workplace ergonomics, visit our showroom today.