Take a second to think about what your eyesight does for you. It gives you the opportunity to see your loved ones, to read amazing stories, and appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Despite the fact that most of us would feel completely lost if our vision began to fail, the human eye is regularly taken for granted.
Though we often take steps to exercise, eat healthy, and avoid particularly risky activities, many of us forget to think about what we can do to improve the health of our eyes. March is Eye Health and Safety month, particularly within the workplace, and as a result, Nevada Eye & Ear are encouraging people to learn more about eye-safety behavior, so that they can maintain stellar, long-term vision health.
Eye Safety in the Workplace
According to statistics, approximately 2,000 people injure their eyes in some way on a daily basis. Approximately a third of this number relates to injuries that are significant enough to require a trip to the hospital emergency room.
Most of the injuries that take place within a workplace happen as a result of chemical splashing or small practical abrasion in the eye, from tiny pieces of wood, or metal. However, our eyesight can even suffer damage without the impact of a spill or an accident.
Recent surveys suggest that about 14% of eye problems are caused by excessive work on computers. This number is expected to increase further as many of us begin to spend more time working at a keyboard. Sometimes, spending too much time in front of a computer screen can be all it takes to reduce the strength and health of our vision.
Caring for Your Vision
In an attempt to keep people's vision is safe and secure as possible, Nevada Eye Physicians suggest that individuals take measures to protect their eyesight whenever possible. In situations where individuals are working with dangerous chemicals that may splash up into their eyes, or materials that could suddenly send small shards flying, it is recommended that professionals always wear safety goggles. Safety goggles are not always comfortable, but they play a vital role in keeping your eyes safe from external factors around the shop, worksite, and/or garage.
Of course, keeping your vision safe doesn't only mean ensuring you have the right gear. If you spend a lot of time on the computer, then try to keep the computer about thirty inches away from your eyes whenever possible. Rest your eyes regularly, and be sure to blink as frequently as possible, as this can help to maintain terrific eye health.
Finally, the last step in caring for your eyes is making sure that you get an expert to frequently check their function and give you advice when necessary. Make sure that you make regular appointments with the eye doctors at Nevada Eye Physicians. This is because usually, when a vision issue is caught in an early stage, steps can be taken to reduce the impact of that problem, or possibly help to slow down the loss of vision if that is what is taking place.
If you or a loved one is suffering from vision problems, please call Nevada Eye Physicians at (702) 896-6043 to make an appointment with one of our eye doctors.