The month will help to bring awareness to eye safety in the workplace and keep eyes safe and protected on the job.
Prevent Blindness has declared March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month to help keep eyes healthy, safe and protected on the job.
According to a press release from the organization1, every year thousands of workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. The American Academy of Ophthalmology states that 90% of these eye injuries could be avoided by wearing proper eye protection.
Some common causes of workplace eye injuries include:
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers are required by law to ensure the safety of all employees in the work environment. Additionally, eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, environmental, radiological or mechanical irritants and hazards.
Workers who use digital devices such as computers, tablets, and smartphones for their jobs are also at risk for eye strain, headaches, and eye fatigue, according to Prevent Blindness.
Cedars-Sinai lists these factors as contributors to a greater risk of digital eye strain:
To help employers educate workers on eye protection and safety, Prevent Blindness offers a Workplace Safety module as part of its free program, the Healthy Eyes Educational Series. The module includes a Presentation Guide and corresponding PowerPoint presentation.
Jeff Todd, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness, talked more in-depth about the importance of maintaining proper eye health in the workplace in the release.
“Maintaining healthy vision is a critical part of maintaining overall good health for working adults,” said Todd. “We strongly urge everyone to talk to their eye doctor about the best ways to keep eyes healthy at their jobs today and for years to come.
According to the organization, Prevent Blindness is the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight. Focused on promoting a continuum of vision care, Prevent Blindness touches the lives of millions of people each year through public and professional education, advocacy, certified vision screening and training, community and patient service programs and research.