A significant number of Americans suffer from eye injuries each day. In fact, they account for more than a $300 million price tag in terms of lost work time, medical expenses, and workmen’s compensation. Some eye injuries are minor but others can lead to vision loss. Work-related eye injuries do not occur only in outdoor jobs such as agriculture and construction. Office workers also suffer eye injuries due to digital eyestrain from prolonged use of computers and other electronic devices.
People who work in front of computer monitors and other electronic devices throughout the day can prevent eyestrain and eye injuries by doing the following:
- Get regular eye check-ups so your doctor can perform dilated-eye exams and detect any potential vision problems.
- Stay at least 26 inches away from the computer screen with the screen at a level slightly below the eyes.
- Have a document holder next to the computer screen so you can avoid swinging your head back and forth. Constantly changing focus adds strain to the eyes.
- Use a comfortable text size on the computer screen.
- Reduce the glare of the screen by using a computer screen filter.
- Sit on an adjustable chair to make it easy to keep the computer screen lower than your eye level.
- Use computer screens that can swivel or tilt.
If you work in the manufacturing sector, consider these guidelines for protecting your eyes:
- Wear protective eyewear that meets government standards. Protective eyewear is necessary when performing jobs that involve activities like cutting, drilling, hammering, painting, stripping paint, and more. Protective eyewear must be worn every time there is a risk of a small object or chemicals entering the eyes.
- Follow instructions on the proper use of machines and equipment. If the instructions require you to wear protective eyewear and clothing, make sure you comply with exactness. Doing any less is not worth the risk.
- Keep eye protection on at all times. Many workers temporarily remove their protective eyewear to inspect their work. Eye injuries can happen at any time, so don’t take the risk of exposing yourself.
- Do not rub your eyes when working with chemicals. If something gets in your eyes, seek medical help immediately.
Instant One Media reminds everyone—including sign makers—that workplace injuries are prevalent and that the repercussions are costly. We urge you to take extra precautions to protect your eyes in all different settings.