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How to Protect Your Eyes At Work

2020-07-30 00:00:00Z

How to Protect Your Eyes At Work - Alexandria, VA

No matter what sort of job you have, your eyes will be exposed to various health or injury risks. Even though you are working in a less hazardous environment like offices, you are still prone to develop digital eye strain from spending too much time using the computer.

While staring at the monitor screen for long periods won't result in permanent damage, it can exhaust and irritate your eyes. Digital eye strain or computer vision syndrome manifests symptoms which include dry eyes, headache, neck pain, back strain, and inattentiveness. These manifestations can negatively affect your productivity.

In order to minimize the effects of digital eye strain, you may do the following:

  • blink more often
  • drink lots of water
  • reposition your monitor from time to time
  • make use of an anti-glare screen or computer glasses
  • follow the 20-20-20 rule (20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away)
  • regularly visit your eye doctor for an eye exam

So how about those working in a hazardous environment like construction sites, production and assembly lines, live line electrical work, chemical laboratories, etc? Sadly, a lot of workers in these field of work experience eye injuries daily. However, eye injuries are 90% preventable. These workers are provided with specialized working protective gear which consists of suits made from special fabrics, safety glasses/goggles, hard hats or helmets, face shields and so on. Wear this protective equipment properly when working in harsh job sites. This will keep your eyes safe from potential injuries.

For more eye care tips, contact VisualEyes Optometrists.

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