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March 14, 2018

Workplace Eye Care and Wellness: 8 Tips To Help Save Your Eyes While at Work

Eight Simple Ways to Protect Your Eyes at Work

eye safety at work

According to the American Optometric Association, every day around 2,000 workers in the United States report an eye injury that is sustained at work. Eye injuries are a common workplace occurrence, but the truth is that they don’t have to be. March is Workplace Wellness Month, so do yourself a favor and adopt these eight easy ways to help save your eyes while spending time in the workplace.

1 – Know the Hazards to Your Eyesight While at Work

No matter where you work, whether you’re an office worker in the safest building ever constructed, or a tree-topper operating a chainsaw 200 feet up the trunk of a Douglas Fir, there are always unique hazards to your eyes that go along with your job. Your first step toward ensuring your eye safety and wellness at work is identifying and understanding those hazards.

2 – Eliminate Unnecessary Hazards

Once you’ve taken a good look at what’s around you and done your research, then it’s time to make sure that you aren’t risking the health and safety of your eyes unnecessarily. If you identify anything in your workplace or job that could be a challenge to the safety of your eyesight or the wellness of your eyes, petition to have it removed. Your employer shouldn’t have any reason to unnecessarily put you at risk; it’s just not in their best interest.

3 – Use Screens, Guards, and Other Safety Shields

Make sure that the screens, guards, or safety shields that could be used to protect your eyes are in place and correctly installed. Many workplace injuries could be prevented by the installation or simple adjustment of safety equipment that is “supposed to be there” in the first place.

4 – Always Wear Proper Eye Protection

Always, always, always wear proper eye protection. Whether it’s as basic as glasses that cut down on glare and help with digital eye-strain, simple plastic safety glasses, or a full helmet with a digital auto-adjusting darkening lens – be sure to always wear your eye protection.

5 – Replace Eye Protection as Necessary

Make sure that your eye protection is in good working order. Poorly functioning eye protection is often as bad as no protection at all, and impaired vision from scratched up safety glasses can lead to other kinds of serious workplace injuries.

6 – Discontinue Unsafe Practices

This should go without saying, but there are always ways to cut corners in order to speed up workflow or to make the job easier. Sometimes these cut corners sacrifice eye safety in exchange for a little more comfort, ease, or production. It’s never worth it.

7 – Know Where First Aid Equipment Is Located and How to Use It

If your job involves hazardous chemicals, then it’s crucial that you know where your eyewash sink is. Similarly, you ought to take the time to familiarize yourself with the MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) for all the chemicals you use and those that are used near you. If your work doesn’t involve the use of potential harmful substances, you should still know where your company’s first aid kit is and how to use its contents.

8 – Seek Professional Medical Attention If an Accident Occurs

This one should also go without saying. If you injure your eyes at work, seek professional medical attention. Problems that don’t seem that bad at first, could get worse. You have the legal right to professional medical attention if you are injured on the job.

Keep Your Eyes Well at Work

Follow these eight simple tips and you should be on your way to enjoying eye safety in the workplace during Workplace Wellness Month, and every other month of the year.


February 28, 2018

Resources for Healthy Eye Care During the Winter Months

How to Ensure Healthy Eyes All Through the Cold Winter

eye health in winter

As you are well aware, it’s important to take care of your eyes all year long, but winter and cold weather can make good eye care particularly challenging. If you’re looking for ways to keep your eyes healthy throughout the winter months, here are some resources you may find useful.

Superior Vision Learning Center Winter Eye Care Tips

The folks at Superior Vision offer a number of useful tips about protecting your eyes in the winter, for example, dealing with the issue of winter dry eyes. Dry eyes tend to be more sensitive and vulnerable, and dry winter air can dry out your eyes fast.

Some suggestions include the regular use of humidifiers, and keeping contact lenses moist with regular use of rewetting drops.

WebMD How to Fight Dry Itchy Eyes in Winter

WebMD is a great resource for all health care related matters, including eye care. They too recognize the challenge of dry, itchy eyes during the winter months. In addition to the humidifier mentioned above, WebMD suggests drinking plenty of fluids to keep your whole body hydrated, wearing eye protection when you go out, and not letting car heating vents or other heat sources blow directly onto your face, which can dry out your eyes as well.

Williamson Eye Institute Winter Eye Health Tips

Another terrific resource to check out is the Williamson Eye Institute blog. Their winter eye health tips include taking some time away from electronic devices. Staring at a computer screen is a known stressor of eyes, and combining it with the natural drying of eyes that occurs in winter can cause you some real eye problems.

When you look at screens, you blink less, meaning your eyes get less moisture, which adds to the dry eye problem. Experts recommend the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, break eye contact with the screen and look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

Smart Vision Labs Winter Eye Care Tips

Smart Vision labs has their own winter eye care tips to offer. This includes trying to refrain from touching or rubbing your eyes even more in the winter, as you are more likely to come into physical contact with people who have a cold or the flu, and you can potentially transfer germs to your eyes.

They also point out that if you enjoy winter outdoor activities, you should take care of your eyes just as you would during summer outdoor fun, with sunglasses or goggles, as the sun’s UV rays can be just as damaging in the winter, even if it’s not hot outside.

Beaumont Vision Seasonal Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy in Winter

Of course, Beaumont Vision has its own useful tips to keep your eyes healthy in winter, including wearing eye protection when doing chores like shoveling snow or even working on indoor protects in the garage.

Beaumont Vision also recommends that you check in with regular eye exams to make sure your eyes are strong and healthy regardless of the season. If you’re in the Portland area, we are available year ‘round to see you, with advanced equipment and highly-trained optometrists to make sure your eyes are healthy as can be. To schedule an appointment, just give us a call at 503-331-3937 today.

Phone: 503- 331-3937 • Fax: 503-528-1234 • 4331 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213