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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Every year, nearly 20,000 eye injuries occur at workplaces, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The vast majority of these injuries, which can cause permanent eye damage or vision loss, can be prevented with the use of protective eyewear and by reducing the risk of digital eye strain. To highlight the need to take precautions to protect the eyes at work, Workplace Eye Wellness Month is commemorated in March. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and Prevent Blindness provide guidance to reduce eye injuries. Free resources from Prevent Blindness are available to spread the word, such as workplace eye safety fact sheets, social media graphics, and, for employers, the “Workplace Safety” module in the Healthy Eyes Educational Series. The AAO recommends eye safety gear to protect the eyes from potential hazards like flying pieces of metal or glass, splattered chemicals, and particles such as wood splinters or metal shavings, to name a few. People using computer screens for long periods may experience “’digital eye strain,’” resulting in eye fatigue, redness or discomfort, and headaches. To help prevent eye strain, Prevent Blindness provides recommendations such as keeping the screen 20 to 26 inches from the eyes; changing lighting to reduce glare and “harsh reflections;” getting an adjustable chair; and more. For further guidance on protective eyewear, read the AAO article reporting that Workplace Eye Injuries Cost Time, Money, and Vision. To find out additional information and tips, read the post announcing that Prevent Blindness Provides Free Resources on Eye Safety, Blue Light and Digital Eye Strain, and More, to Encourage Employers and Employees to Protect Eyes at Work.