subject of eye safety comes up in the workplace I think of particles, flying
objects and debris. The mental image is the factory floor, or lab, where
employees are wearing safety glasses. You don’t need a seemingly hazardous
work environment to create the potential for eye problems.
The American Optometric Association (AOA) describes deterioration caused by screen
overuse or misuse as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) resulting in eye strain,
dry eyes, headaches, fatigue, blurred vision or loss of focus. The AOA does not
expect Americans to put down those PDAs. It would like to use March, designated
Save Your Vision Month, as a platform to spread recommendations.
The AOA encourages tech
- Give It A Rest: Remember the 20-20-20 rule. At
least every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20
feet away. An AOA survey found that the majority of Americans don’t follow
this rule; more than half (59 percent) take breaks every hour, or less
- Size Up: Smaller screens on hand-held
devices usually favor tiny type that challenges your vision. Instead of
bringing the screen closer to the eyes, increase the font size so the
device can be used at a distance that is more comfortable for your eyes.
- Sharpen Up: Better resolution offers
greater clarity and usually more comfort. Adjust the brightness of the
screen to a comfortable intensity, neither too bright nor too dim.
- Reduce Glare: Hand-held devices present
challenges in various lighting conditions. When possible, try to make sure
lighting is not directly behind the head or in front. The AOA recommends
users try to reduce glare, which may ease reading and can make a bigger
difference than increasing the font.
- Look Down: It’s easier on the eyes to
focus on reading material that is below eye level, therefore, the AOA
recommends a computer monitor or hand-held device be positioned slightly
below eye level.
This is great information to share with employees. Do you have any recommendations to add to the list to help everyone stay