Accidents involving the eyes can have potentially sight-threatening consequences.
There are a few simple things that can be done to lessen the risk of activities that may lead to eye damage or accidents.
The kind of workplace and type of work carried out will make a difference to what steps can be taken to keep eyes healthy and safe at work.
Office work and computer use
Eyes cannot be harmed by using a computer. Computers don’t cause permanent changes to the eyes or make any eye conditions worse, however, the following points can help keep eyes comfortable while using any type of screen:
If a person needs to wear glasses, they should be worn when using the computer. Some people may need a different pair of glasses for using a computer than for closer reading or seeing things in the distance.
If headaches are experienced particularly when using the computer for long periods, even with breaks, a pair of glasses especially for computer work may be required. This can be assessed by an optometrist.
Industrial or chemical work
Working in a factory, garage, laboratory or other industrial places may put eyes at risk from the work you carry out. This is particularly the case if working with machinery that does any kind of pressing or grinding, working with chemicals or in a place with lots of dust or particles in the air. Protective clothing and goggles should be worn.
Lots of people enjoy DIY, but unfortunately, accidents can happen. A lot can be done to keep your eyes as safe as possible while putting those shelves up!