We take our eyesight for granted each day, but what if we lost our gift of sight? The truth is, healthy vision is not a guarantee, and we should take time to appreciate our vision and care for our eyes. There is no better time to start than right now, during Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Each March, we take time to remind ourselves and our loved ones that workplace eye safety is essential for long-term eye health.
Eye safety actions are imperative for every workplace, whether on the construction site or in an office. In fact, electronic devices in the office pose a significant risk to our eyesight. Laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, LEDs, and CFLs emit blue light that can cause anything from eye discomfort to potential retinal damage. These short, high-energy light waves create a glaring effect on the eyes that can lead to symptoms like dry eye, blurred vision, headaches, nearsightedness, and eye fatigue (Source: Friends for Sight).
Millions of Americans use computers and electronic devices for the majority of the 8-hour workday, but this does not mean that we all should expect chronic digital eye strain. There are ways to remain productive and still protect your vision:
- Keep the computer roughly 30 inches away from your eyes.
- Rest your eyes every 20 minutes. Just remember the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look at something at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
- Remember to blink frequently. This simple action reduces dry eye and maintains eye health.
- Visit your eye doctor regularly. Nothing can substitute for a comprehensive eye exam to evaluate your eye health.