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Your Vision in the Workplace

The workplace can pose serious dangers to your eyes. It is important for both businesses and their employees to be educated about workplace eye safety and how to prevent work related eye mishaps.

Each day, employees are inflicted by workplace related eye injuries that need medical attention. Safety experts and doctors believe the two most prevalent reasons that workers sustain eye injuries is because they fail to wear anything to shield their eyes or they are using the incorrect kind of eye protection.

Common Eye Injuries

The most frequent hazards found in the workplace include airborne particles or falling objects such as building or craft materials that can enter or cut the eye. Chemical splashes, gases and flames can also scorch and seriously injure the sensitive eye tissues.

Keeping your Eyes Protected

An optometrist can help you determine potential eye dangers at work and determine the optimal kind of eye protection for you.

Some workplaces possess multiple dangers and finding the correct eye protection should take all potential risks into consideration.
If you work with chemicals you should wear goggles, and if you work in an environment where you encounter falling objects or dust, use safety glasses that have shields along the sides too.
For those who work in close proximity to dangerous radiation when welding, working with lasers, or fiber optics requires the use of special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets made specifically for your kind of work.

Healthy Screen Vision

Working at computers or using mobile and hand held devices like phones or readers can also be dangerous for your eyes.

Below are a few suggestions to prevent putting your eyes under unnecessary pressure when working on a computer or using a hand held device:

Utilize the 20-20-20 rule which will allow your eyes periodic rest. Roughly every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a mobile device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance better for your eyes.

Also maintain the light intensity of your monitor to a comfortable resolution and place your monitor just below eye level to reduce any pressure on your eyes. You may also want to consider the option of computer glasses.

If you think that you may be in danger of any eye or vision damage due to your work don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!


Please be advised that all office visits including exams, frame selections, repairs, pick-ups, and drop-offs are by appointment only. We are required to wear a face mask in our office and ask that you bring yours to your appointment.

We are happy to serve our patients and community and are committed to keeping you as safe as possible.

Thank you.

The Shuswap Optometric Team