March marks the time to raise awareness for workplace eye health and safety. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, over 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to a workplace eye injury. But how, exactly, can you help celebrate this monthly observance and how can an eye doctor help?
One of the easiest and most effective ways to help reduce workplace eye injuries is to wear proper safety glasses. It is estimated that 90 percent of workplace eye injuries could have been avoided if safety eyewear was used more effectively. Eye protection should be certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements.
Even employees that work in office environments can be prone to eye injury, strain or damage. Working on a computer all day can cause serious side effects, including:
- Damaged vision
- Eye fatigue
- Difficulty focusing
Be sure to take breaks throughout the workday to relieve the strain on your eyes, and keep your eyes hydrated if you are in a dryer office environment.
However, one of the most important steps employees can take to preserve their eyesight and overall eye health is to schedule regular annual eye exams with their ophthalmologist. Eye exams can help evaluate and identify potential unseen injuries or conditions that can cause further harm to your vision, such as cataracts.
Fortunately, Dr. Richard B. Foulkes with Foulkes Vision can help. With years of experience in delivering amazing vision restoration results to his patients in the Lombard area, he can help you maintain healthy sight and healthy eyes for years to come.
If you're in the Lombard area and would like to learn more about how Dr. Foulkes can help you, give our office a call at 630-724-1400 to schedule your initial consultation.