YOUR EYES IN THE WORKPLACE - Specialist Ophthalmologist
Work, eyes in the workplace, protect your eyes
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Protect your eyes, Work and eyes, computer and eyes, sandton eye clinc


Many people don’t pay much attention to their eyesight or the health of their eyes. Your daily work habits and environment could be increasing your risk of injury – without you realising it. Whether you work in an office, outdoors or in a factory, there are things you could be doing to look after your eyes more effectively.

Working with tools:

When working in a factory, outdoor, construction or laboratory settings or if you work with hazardous materials, tools or machinery extra precaution needs to be taken. Wearing the proper eye protection is essential for protecting your eyes. When wearing eye protection, you need to make sure that the gear is in good condition. If the safety wear has a guard or shield, make sure that it is installed properly.

Working indoors:

While flying objects are less of a risk in an office environment there are other risks and dangers. Eye strain can result from looking at a computer for too long or looking at a screen too closely. The ideal distance between your eyes and your computer screen is 50 cm – 60 cm. Your computer should also be slightly below your eye level.

Lighting is also important – if the the lighting above is a fluorescent, the fast and irregular flickering of fluorescent lighting can result in eye strain and fatigue. Another lighting issue could be an improper screen brightness. Having the screen too bright or too dull can also cause eye strain.  You should also be aware of reflection or glare from a window.

Air conditioning often causes eye dryness. Too lessen the effects of dry eye, keep well hydrated and use hydrating or moisturising eye drops on hand. (Remember the expiry date of the eye drops.)

Help reduce the risk of eye strain by remembering the 20/20 rule. Every twenty minutes look away from your work and focus your eyes on something on the other side of the room for 20 seconds.

General ways to protect your eyes:

If your hands are dirty, do not rub your eyes. You should also avoid rubbing your eyes with any dirty clothing.

Your diet can also protect your eyes.  Eat green leafy vegetables, fruit and other foods with antioxidants and take vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, C, E and zinc , which are known to promote eye health.

In general, your eyes need to be tested and checked at least once every two years. If you are worried about your vision you should get your eyes checked as soon as possible. Vision concerns should not be ignored.


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