March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month. Regardless of whether you are working with dangerous tools or at the computer all day, it is important for you to take the steps that are necessary for protecting your vision. Below are some of the things you can do to protect your vision:
Take Frequent Breaks
Working at a computer for an extended period can lead to a condition called computer vision syndrome. Experts recommend following the 20/20/20 rule. You should take a 20 second break after working at a computer for 20 minutes. Focus your eyes on an object that is at least 20 feet away.
See Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Regular eye examinations are especially important if you work at the computer. Your eye doctor can make sure you are seeing correctly. Your doctor can also detect any eye conditions you have. Furthermore, your eye doctor may prescribe you eyewear for working on the computers.
Blinking is a natural response, but most people blink less when they are working at the computer. That is why you will need to remember to blink. Blink helps moisten your eyes. Doing so will help reduce the risk of dry eyes, which can cause vision problems.
Take Breaks Frequently
It is important to take breaks on a regular basis. You will need to walk around and stretch during your breaks. Taking breaks will give your eyes a much-needed rest. Try to take multiple breaks throughout the day if possible.
Wear Your Safety Glasses
If you are working around dangerous machinery or chemicals, then it is important to make sure you wear your safety glasses at all times while you are working. A splash of chemical or particle of dust can result in serious eye damage. In some cases, the damage is permanent.