An estimated 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace each year (The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Over 2,000 Americans suffer an eye injury every day, amounting to almost one million Americans experiencing some form of vision loss (Eye Med).
Though most workplace eye injuries occur in construction, manufacturing and mining positions, digital eye strain from working on computers all day every day can impair vision as well. Being in in the digital media and advertising industry, every employee here at Mopdog spends roughly 40 hours a week working on the computer, staring at an artificial light that can damage your vision. And then you have to take into account the extra time after hours spent on phones and tablets or watching TV.
In honor of Workplace Eye Wellness Month, we’ve compiled a few tips from Eye Med on how to better protect your eyes:
In addition to Eye Med’s tips, Project Manager Pauline Cornelius recommends downloading eyeCare on your computer. This Chrome app and others similar to it offer notifications every half hour or so reminding users to look away from the computer to give their eyes a rest. The app even provides eye exercises to perform at each break. Consider any of these tips to better protect your eyes at work, as the importance of maintaining eye wellness in our industry cannot be overstated.