March is workplace eye wellness month. You may or may not realize that there are numerous dangers for the eyes in the workplace. That encompasses a diverse range of professions, and the potential dangers are numerous. Here’s a few of the ways in which the eyes are in potential danger in the workplace, and a few of the ways may surprise you.
Of course, it’s possible in the construction or building trades to injure the eyes with flying debris, an accident with a tool, etc. It’s imperative to protect your eyes from damage in these workplace settings.
Wear appropriate protective eye wear that can deflect debris like wood chips from getting in the eye; the eye is very delicate and very susceptible to permanent damage and even blindness from debris. Whenever you work a saw over a board or even when you drill a hole in a wall you should wear eye protection.
Did you also know that blue light can damage the eyes? It’s true. Too much blue light can lead to conditions such as digital eye strain and even retina damage. It’s possible to experience eye strain when fatigued, suffering from dry eyes, and spending time beneath bad lighting.
And it’s also possible to sit in front of a screen and develop symptoms of eye strain that include sore, irritated eyes, and difficulty focusing. If you suffer these symptoms while in front of a screen, it’s best to take a break, preferably a long break, from screens.
Continued overexposure to blue light could lead to damaged retina cells. And the damage done could cause macular degeneration and even cataracts; eye conditions often persist for long periods without apparent symptom, and it’s the lack of symptoms that makes eye conditions dangerous.
If you or someone you love is due for an eye exam with your eye doctor at Vision Optical then don’t hesitate to schedule it. Remember that routine eye exams are absolutely important to eye health. And if you have any question about how often you or someone you love should have an eye exam, then call Vision Optical today.