A Look at Workplace Eye Health
Take time this March during Workplace Eye Wellness month and learn tips to protect your eyes while you’re on the job.
Because hundreds of thousands of eye injuries take place every year during work hours, it is time to take preventive measures to ensure we know the symptoms to watch for and solutions to reinforce.
If you work with chemicals or in any type of industrial or healthcare setting, follow the guidelines your workplace recommends — eye and ear gear included — and try never to cut corners for convenience’s sake.
If you work in a business setting, be mindful of your screen time and take the proper precautions.
Digital Eye Strain
Screen time may be part of your job description, but if you are booking more than two of your eight hours in front of a screen, the American Optometric Association suggests being mindful of these physical realities:
- Dry eyes
- Slumped, curved shoulders or excessive neck pain
- Throbbing headaches that become a mainstay during work hours
- Problems seeing without any blurriness lingering
The solution isn’t to dismiss screens and revert to typewriters. Strategize your workspace to work for you.
Rethink Your Space and Habits
Ergonomic features of where your screen sits, how you position your body and what type of lighting surrounds your space say more than you may think.
Institute the high-five rule. Experts from The Vision Council suggest the high-five rule: keep the same distance to the screen as you would when high-fiving a co-worker about a stellar presentation — a distance of about 20 to 28 inches from you.
Notice your screen height. Adjust your desk or your seating to ensure your line of vision isn’t looking too far up or down. You want a happy medium where your eyes casually glide slightly downward to view the monitor.
Check your body language. Are you leaning toward the screen to study every minute detail of every email? Sit tall, relax your shoulders away from your ears, activate your abdominal muscles and ease the burden on your upper back.
Take more breaks. Make time to walk to the restroom or stand up and stretch every few hours to revive your body and remind your eyes there is a world beyond the screen.
Schedule an eye appointment. Make space on your calendar to visit your ophthalmologist or optometrist for your regularly scheduled dilated eye examination. Bring questions pertaining to any lenses you should invest in for better technological health.
Make time today on your office break to visit TexasHealth.org and find an ophthalmologist near you.
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