Whether you work outdoors, in an office, or with heavy equipoment, eye safety is always important.
People who work outdoors or with heavy equipment or chemicals tend to get more injuries than office workers. The best way to prevent eye injuries if you work outdoors? A familiar message: Glasses, goggles or physical eye protection.
The eyewear you need depends on the hazards you face.
- Safety glasses with side protection (side shields) if you work around particles, flying objects or dust;
- Goggles if you handle chemicals;
- Specially designed safety glasses, goggles, face shields or helmets if you work near hazardous radiation, such as welding, lasers or fiber optics.
But even gazing at computer all day can cause eyestrain. If you work in the office, sit at least an arm’s length from the screen, take regular eye breaks and look away from the computer. Use artificial tears if you develop dry eye and keep your screen brightness similar to the room light.
- Keep your distance - about 25 inches away.
- Reduce glare
- Adjust lighting
- Give your eyes a break - Remember to blink and follow the 20-20-20 rule.
- Keep eyes moist
- Stop using devices before bed