Workplace Eye Safety: Protecting Your Eyes in the Workplace

Workplace eye safety
At The Eye Clinic P.C., we aim to help you keep your eyes healthy, no matter the circumstances. Unfortunately, eye strain and eye injuries are common in work environments. With these workplace eye safety tips, our team can help you protect your eyes.

1. Avoid Eye Strain in the Office

One type of eye issue we often see is eye strain. Office-based work typically involves many hours in front of a computer screen, which can lead to eye strain and discomfort. While this isn’t a dangerous problem, it can be uncomfortable and hurt your productivity.

To avoid eye strain, consider what may be causing it. For some, exposure to blue light from the computer screen contributes to the problem. Others experience eye strain because they require reading glasses but do not have a prescription. Or, the lighting around their desk needs to be adjusted to avoid glare and unwanted lighting colors. Our eye doctors can help you evaluate your vision to find the right solution.

2. Avoid Impact Injuries

If you work a more physically demanding job, such as in a warehouse or on a construction site, your main risk is impact injuries to the eye. These have a greater impact than eye strain issues, as they can permanently damage your vision. A serious injury could even lead to losing your eyesight or the eye itself.

To avoid impact injuries, wear eye protection whenever you’re on the job site or working in a high-risk area. You should also use machine guards and work screens to add another layer of protection.

3. Avoid Injuries from Chemical Exposure

Many workplaces have chemical exposure risks. Even if you’re not typically in contact with dangerous chemicals, cleaners can also pose a risk. If these chemicals splash your eyes, it can be incredibly painful and dangerous for your vision.

Avoid these risks by wearing eye protection when handling dangerous chemicals. Additionally, wear gloves so you don’t transfer chemicals from your skin to your eye later. Know where the eyewash station is and how to use it should you come into contact with any chemicals.

Schedule a Comprehensive Eye Exam

If you need a prescription to reduce eye strain, schedule a comprehensive eye exam in Portland, OR. Our team can also provide more eye health and safety tips if needed. Contact The Eye Clinic P.C. at (503) 297-4718 to talk to one of our doctors.

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