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How to Protect Your Eye Health at Work

Depending on your job, there are a variety of different risks to your eyes such as injury or health issues. Whether you work in a job that is mainly physical labor or an office job, there are measures you should take to keep your eyes safe and healthy.

Preventing Eye Injuries in High-Risk Jobs

If you work in industries such as construction, mining, carpentry, manufacturing, electrical work, welding, or plumbing, you are at high risk for eye injury. Research suggests that over two thousand workers in these industries seek medical attention for an eye injury each day. Although this number may be shocking, the majority of these injuries can be prevented or reduced in severity with the use of proper safety equipment.

If you work in one of these industries, it is crucial to wear all necessary safety gear such as goggles, face shield, safety glasses, or welding helmet depending on your job.

Keeping Your Eyes Safe in the OfficeHow to Protect Your Eyes at Work

Although office jobs don’t carry the same eye injury risks as the industries mentioned above, there are still conditions that threaten the health of your eyes. One of the most common eye health problems experienced by office workers is digital eye strain, also known as computer vision syndrome.

While continually staring at your computer screen may not result in permanent eye damage, it can cause your eyes to become irritated and tired. This can result in a negative impact on your work and your productivity causing symptoms such as:
  • Back strain
  • Dry eye
  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty focusing
To help alleviate this eye strain be sure to follow the 20-20-20 rule where every 20 minutes, you take a 20-second break from your screen and focus on something at least 20ft away. It is also essential to reposition your screen, stay hydrated, blink often, wear computer glasses, use a screen that is anti-glare or use artificial tears.

Call Dittman Eyecare to Schedule an Appointment Today!

At Dittman Eyecare we offer 24-hour emergency service for eye injuries.  If you experience an eye injury, you can call our number after hours and leave a voicemail and we will return your phone call within 15 minutes.

No matter your day job, it is essential to schedule regular eye exams at Dittman Eyecare to ensure your eyes are healthy and to help prevent eye health issues or to catch them early to avoid further damage. If you have any questions about workplace eye safety or are experiencing eye strain symptoms, contact Dittman Eyecare today!

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