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March 28, 2018

What You Should Know About Blue Light and Your Eyes

What You Don’t Know About Blue Light Could Harm Your Vision

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Blue light is all around you, but that’s a normal. You encounter blue light every time you walk outside during the day, and every time you are in the proximity of a computer, television, smartphone or tablet. Encountering blue light is an everyday aspect of contemporary life, but it’s important to note that it can be hazardous to your health.

Many eye doctors and researchers are concerned about the amount of blue light our eyes are being exposed to on a daily basis. Between what we encounter naturally, and the amount we’re exposed to from the computer devices we use, we may be getting enough to cause macular degeneration and other vision problems.

What Blue Light Is and Where It Comes From

Blue light is emitted by the sun; it’s a part of the spectrum of natural visible light. Blue light is made up of shorter, more energetic, wavelengths of light. Including light that appears to the eye as violet or purple, blue light makes up one end of the spectrum of visible light. Blue light is also a emitted by nearly every screen that we use for work and for pleasure.

Our smartphones, our televisions, and our computers all use primarily blue light to project the images we see. This is what is of concern to health professionals and researchers. Our eyes are capable of handling the amount of natural blue light they encounter. Researchers and vision professionals don’t yet understand how the prolonged exposure to increased levels of blue light will harm us, but they know that it can.

How Blue Light Can Harm You

Your eye possesses no natural defense against blue light. Because of this, blue light can penetrate all the way into the retina of your eye. Research is still being conducted to determine how much blue light is too much. But it has been shown that prolonged exposure to excess blue light can damage the light-sensitive cells in the retina, leading to macular degeneration.

Blue light can also contribute to eye-strain. Blue light, because of its shorter wavelength, scatters easily, and forces the eye to work harder. That’s one contributing factor to the eye fatigue one experiences when using smartphones, computers, and television for long periods of time.

Protecting Your Eyes From Blue Light

If you are prone to long bouts of smartphone or tablet usage, consider installing a blue light filter over the screen of your device. This will limit the amount of blue light you are exposing your eyes to. Similarly, if you use a computer for hours a day at work or you’re prone to long periods of television viewing, then it may be wise to consider purchasing protective eyewear.

Living With Contemporary Levels of Blue Light Exposure

Blue light can be hazardous, especially when your eyes are exposed to large amounts of it over prolonged periods. And, while most of the blue light we are exposed to is completely natural, some of the blue light that our modern lifestyle brings our eyes into contact with could be generating both immediate and long-term negative health effects.

Protect your vision, and if you have questions about blue light and your eyes, then be sure to consult with an eye care professional or your doctor. Beaumont Vision is here to help answer all of your questions, so get in touch and book an appointment today.

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

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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.

 

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