March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, and Lehmann Eye Center encourages East Texans to implement workplace eye safety precautions that can prevent painful and costly injuries.
Every day almost 2,000 people in the U.S. injure their eyes while working, and a third of those injuries are severe enough to require a trip to the emergency room. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, almost three out of five workplace eye injuries are due to lack of appropriate eye protection. Wearing appropriate protection - safety glasses, goggles, helmets or face shields, can protect and in many cases preserve eyesight.
Flying objects and dangerous chemicals aren't the only workplace dangers to eye health. Overexposure to computer screens is increasingly becoming a problem. A recent survey found that 14% of reported eye problems were related to computer work. To remedy vision strain while working on a computer, remember to keep the screen roughly 30 inches away from your eyes, rest your eyes every 15 minutes and blink frequently. These simple steps reduce dry eye and maintain eye health.
If you or a coworker experiences an eye injury, seek immediate medical attention. Don't rub or touch the eye, don't attempt to remove debris from the eye and don't apply medication. If the injury is caused by a chemical, thoroughly flush the eye with water. In case of a blow to the eye, gently apply a cold compress.