March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month
March is workplace eye wellness month. It is important to wear protective eyewear equipment when at work. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day approximately 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. 100 of these result in one or more days away from work. It is crucial to keep safety eyewear on during work such as safety glasses, goggles, welding helmets, and face shields. If by chance you get something in your eye still, you can visit us at Fuerste Eye Clinic rather than the emergency department to get it safely removed.
As the pandemic continues many of us are continuing to work from home on computers. This has in turn led to an increase in digital eye strain throughout the country. Symptoms of digital eye strain, also referred to as computer vision syndrome, include tired, burning or itching eyes, dry eyes, blurred vision and/or headache.
To reduce these symptoms, we have a few recommendations:
• Place your screen 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and a little bit below eye level.
• Change your lighting to lower glare and harsh reflections. Glare filters over your digital screens can also help.
• Keep artificial tears next to your computer and use when your eyes feel irritated
• Choose screens that can tilt and swivel. A keyboard that you can adjust is also helpful.
• Anti-reflective lenses reduce glare and increase contrast and also block blue light from digital devices.
• Take frequent breaks by using the “20-20-20” rule, as recommended by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the and the American Optometric Association. Every 20 minutes look away from your screen and look at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This gives your eyes a chance to reset and replenish themselves.
For more information on eye safety or a complete eye exam, contact us at Fuerste Eye Clinic, conveniently located inside Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster. For appointments, call (888) 582-0769.
Dr. Tyler Risma
Luke Ploessl, OD