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Eye Wellness and Safety in the Workplace

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What does your daily work environment look like? Are you mobile, driving from place to place? At the office behind a desk? Maybe your job calls for daylong, hands-on activities outside the office. No matter where you are or what you do, there are two things always along for the ride —­­ your eyes. Here are EYE-Q’s safety tips for every work environment.

Behind the Wheel

When constantly behind the wheel, and on the go, it’s important to protect your eyes from the sun and make sure you’re protected from long-term damage.

  1. Did you know that the glare from bright sunlight causes approximately 3,000 motor vehicle accidents per year?  Why risk your safety as well as others?  Polarized sunglasses cut reflective glare when sun bounces off surfaces such as pavement and water and protects your eyes from harmful ultraviolet radiation.  At Eye-Q, we understand that eyeglasses are a necessity, but they don’t have to be a burden.  Find something to fit your style and budget with optical packages starting as low as $95.
  2. Is the road looking a little cloudy?  Cataracts can make driving difficult, especially at night or in bright light. They develop gradually but can cause blindness if left untreated. A simple procedure can clear your vision and make driving safe no matter what time of day it is. Schedule an eye exam with EYE-Q today.

Behind the Desk

Flying dirt and debris may be the last thing you’re worried about getting hit with in the safety of your cubical, but there are other dangers lurking right at your fingertips – yes, right on your computer screen!  Ever leave work with blurred vision or tired eyes?  While you may blame the overuse of contacts or the poor air quality, it’s actually a side effect of staring at the computer screen too long.

  1. Give your eyes a break with the Time Out App. It allows you to customize break times throughout the day. As the screen “grays out” you have time to rest and refocus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away. You can choose how often and for how long these breaks last. Too busy to stop? Choose to skip or postpone your break if you like. PC users fear not, you have timers too!
  2. Check your lighting. The brightness of your computer should be almost the same brightness level as the location you are working in. Having a screen that is too bright or dark can cause strain and allow future complications to develop. For more tips visit this link.

Hands-on & Desk-Free

If your line of work falls into the same category as construction, plumbing or welding, then keeping an eye open for danger is a must.

  1. The only thing worse than wearing your safety goggles is getting injured when you chose not to. According to LABOURBLAWG, a blog highlighting labor laws, two essentials when selecting a pair of goggles are comfort and choosing protection that doesn’t obscure your vision.
  2. Be aware of your rights to protection on the job. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) requires “employers to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment. Eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, and radiological hazards or mechanical irritants. Employers must ensure that employees who wear prescription (Rx) lenses or contacts use PPE that incorporates the prescription or use eye protection that can be worn over prescription lenses.” 1910.133(a)(3)1915.153(a)(3), 1926.102(a)(3)