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Each day, about 2,000 Americans experience vision loss due to an eye injury that occurred on the job. Accordingly, there are over one million people in the United States who have some degree of vision loss due to workplace eye injuries. This has resulted in the loss of $300 million in the form of work time, workman’s compensation, and medical expenses.

Even if you don’t think the topic of workplace eye health and safety applies to you, it may be relevant to your employees, coworkers, or loved ones. In honor of Workplace Eye Health and Safety month, here are some healthy eye care tips.

A common misconception is that eye injuries occur most frequently among employees who are outdoors. While it is true that employees in the construction, landscaping, and animal handling industries are more prone to eye injuries, these individuals are not the only ones who are susceptible to eye injuries on the job. In fact, computer vision syndrome is one of the most common eye injuries. Extensive time in front of the screen and not taking enough breaks can lengthen the amount of time between blinks. This hinders the ability of the eyes to stay moistened and lubricated.

Here are a few tips that can help you prevent computer vision syndrome:

Reposition your screen. If there are direct light sources near your screen, you should adjust your screen so that it is positioned at a right angle away from these light sources. You should buy an anti-glare screen to make computer work more gentle on the eyes.
Practice the 20-20-20 rule. According to the 20-20-20 rule, you should look at an object about 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes you spend in front of the screen.
Remind yourself to blink. Consider writing a reminder to yourself to blink. A common cause of the computer vision syndrome is neglecting to blink as often as usual. Blinking more often will prevent your eyes from getting dried out.
Use artificial tears. If you have issues with dry eyes, you should use over-the-counter eye drops to keep your eyes moist and comfortable when using the computer.
If you have friends and loved ones who spend hours in front of the computer every day due to work, you should consider sharing these healthy eye care tips with them. Contact us if you’re interested in joining the Greenwood Plaza community and living in our Centennial apartments.

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