Causes of Eye Injuries
The most common agents of eye injuries at work are usually from flying objects, air-blown or wind-blown particles, or eye strain from looking at a computer screen for more than three hours a day. There are many ways to avoid eye strain when at work, such as maintaining proper lighting. CVS (computer vision syndrome) is primarily caused from excessive squinting and changing head placement while working at a computer, by maintaining proper lighting and minimizing glare you can effectively eliminate the possibility of contracting CVS. At home, household cleaners and chemicals are common causes of eye injuries. The same applies for eye injuries at home as they do for eye injuries at the work place. It is essential to remove as much glare as possible from your TV screen and have an adequate size of TV so that squinting is reduced as much as possible. Eye injuries from foreign objects need to be taken seriously. The best way to reduce TV glare is to follow the steps listed for a computer in a workplace environment.
If a foreign object such as, a flying object or a wind-blown particle enters your eye, you may be at an immediate risk of eye damage. Contact your optometrist or ophthalmologist immediately for advice. Most eye doctors have emergency contact numbers for injuries that occur after normal business hours or on weekends. Depending on the situation, your eye doctor may want you to flush your eye with water or saline solution prior to your office visit. Or he or she may recommend you immediately go to the hospital emergency room. If you work with chemicals, your workplace should have a sink area where you can flush your eyes with water if a chemical splashes or otherwise invades your eyes. Flush your eyes for several minutes to dilute and rinse out any chemicals that may have contacted your eyes. When in doubt, treat all eye injuries as potential emergencies, and contact or visit an eye doctor immediately if you have urgent eye safety concerns.
Following the guidelines laid out above can help significantly reduce the potential for eye injuries. Remember, you have only one good pair of eyes. Take great care of them!