Prevent Digital Eye Strain This Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Prevent Blindness observes Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March. Digital eye strain is a common issue for office workers and others who spend large amounts of time working on computers or other electronic devices. In this article, we’ll highlight tips for decreasing the effects of screen time.

What is Digital Eye Strain?

Digital eye strain is also sometimes known as computer vision syndrome. Symptoms may include blurred vision, headaches, dry eyes, or tired/burning/itching eyes.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Optometric Association recommend taking regular breaks by implementing the “20-20-20 rule” while you’re working on a computer. Look away from your screen every 20 minutes, gazing at an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.

Ergonomic Considerations

Your screen should be located 20-26 inches away from your eyes, a bit below eye level. Avoid lighting that causes glare and harsh reflections, which can lead to digital eye strain.

Your chair and computer screens should be adjustable. You might also consider using computer glasses or anti-reflective lenses to block blue light. These work by increasing contrast to help relieve digital eye strain.

Prevent Workplace Eye Injuries

Eye protection is critical for workers in many settings, including manufacturing and construction. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 2,000 US workers each day experience a job-related eye injury that needs medical treatment. About a third of these workplace eye injuries require a visit to the emergency room.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employees to make sure employees are safe at work. Eye and face protection must be provided when needed to prevent chemical, radiological, and environmental injuries, including from mechanical irritants. This type of protection might include:

  • Safety glasses
  • Goggles
  • Welding helmets
  • Face shields
  • Full-face respirators

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact the Schuerman Law office today. Schuerman Law has been working with personal injury claims for over 40 years. John Schuerman will compassionately advocate for injured individuals as well as their families while fighting for full compensation of their claims. Schuerman Law offers evening and weekend appointments in addition to home and hospital visits. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 1-800-274-0045.