Workplace eye injuries are common in manufacturing companies and at construction sites, but eye injuries can happen in any workplace. March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and our eye doctors in Poughkeepsie would like to remind you that eye care and eye safety are important for everyone at your company. If you’ve suffered an eye injury, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Whether you’re working with chemicals, heavy machinery or sitting at a computer all day, there are ways you can protect your vision from long-term damage and injury.
Wear Certified Protective Eyewear
If you work in a chemical lab, manufacturing building or outdoors, you’ll need to wear protective eyewear. Your eyewear should fit you correctly and be comfortable. When you’re done with your work, make sure to brush off any debris or dust on your hat or in your hair before you take them off. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the area around your eyes as well.
The average American looks at a digital screen for up to 8.5 hours every day. These screens have blue-violet light similar to LED and energy-saving light bulbs. Excessive blue light exposure can disrupt your sleep patterns, cause eyestrain and may lead to macular degeneration. However, there is eyewear available that can block out blue light emitted from digital screens and preserve your vision.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Workplaces with hazardous chemicals and exposure to dust and debris should have eye wash stations, which are required by OSHA in facilities where there’s risk of exposure to corrosive materials. You need to know where these stations are and be prepared in the case of an eye emergency.
Your entire company should be prepared for eye injuries which can involve:
- Identifying potential eye hazards in the workplace
- Safety programs to educate all employees
- Education on steps to follow in the event of an eye injury
- Written instructions on how to prevent and address eye injuries
- Warnings for bystanders and employees
Regular eye exams and vision tests for ocular diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts are also an important part of protecting your vision.
Schedule an eye exam with one of our eye doctors in Poughkeepsie today at 845-454-1025 . Seeta Eye Centers serve patients throughout New York including Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Hudson Valley and Dutchess County.