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From Your Brookfield Eye Doctor: What to Know about Workplace Eye Wellness

In the world of ophthalmology, March was workplace eye wellness awareness month. But we want to take this issue beyond ophthalmology circles and help you understand what it means for you. As your Brookfield eye doctor, Dr. Holtebeck shares some cautions and tips for supporting your day-to-day workplace eye health all year round. 

What is Workplace Eye Wellness?

Workplace eye wellness is important in part because there are 2,000 work-related eye injuries every day. Some examples of the culprits of these injuries include fall objects, chemicals, airborne particles, and equipment. 

Industrial Dangers 

In industrial environments, workers face numerous hazards that can jeopardize their vision. Beyond the risks of falling objects and chemicals, operations involving cutting, welding, or using powerful lasers present significant dangers to eye health. Protective eyewear is a must in these settings. Still, it’s equally important to ensure they are up to standard and worn correctly. 

Regular eye exams assist with early detection of any occupational harm to the eyes. Booking a Brookfield eye exam can provide you with personalized advice and protective solutions tailored to the specific risks present in your workplace.

Digital Eye Strain 

You might think that if you work from the comfort of your own home, and away from the dangers of industrial settings, that you’re safe from workplace eye injuries. Unfortunately, there is still an issue you must be mindful of if you work at a computer: Digital eye strain. This condition is increasingly common as more people spend hours in front of computer screens, tablets, and smartphones. Symptoms can include headaches, dry eyes, blurred sight, and even neck pain. 

To combat digital eye strain, adopt the 20-20-20 rule: approximately every 20 minutes, fix your gaze on something that is about 20 feet away, for a duration of at least 20 seconds. Additionally, consider ergonomic adjustments to your workspace and monitor settings to reduce glare and eye strain. An annual eye exam is recommended to monitor your vision and adjust your prescription, ensuring your eyes remain healthy in the digital age.

Taking Care of Your Eyes

No matter your work environment, it is important to care for your eye health. For many, that means considering the advantages of LASIK. While we love glasses as much as the next person, we recognize that they can be a hassle and, in some circumstances, even pose a danger. For example, if you do work in an industrial setting and frequently need to wear goggles or other protective eyewear, glasses can be a nuisance or downright impractical. 

Beyond mitigating risks, proactively caring for your eyes is essential. When considering LASIK Brookfield patients often find it to be an effective alternative to glasses or contacts, especially in environments where they pose a risk or inconvenience. However, it’s important to consult with an eye doctor to determine if you’re a good candidate for LASIK.

Visit Your Brookfield Eye Doctor

To significantly reduce your risk of eye strain or injury, consider incorporating preventive measures into your daily work routine. Preventative measures include wearing appropriate protective eyewear in hazardous environments, regular breaks from screens to rest your eyes, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that supports eye health.

For comprehensive eye care services, including preventive care, vision correction, and treatment of eye conditions, the Holtebeck Eye Center is your trusted provider. Our team, led by an experienced Brookfield vision specialist, is dedicated to ensuring your eyes’ health and wellness, whether in an industrial setting, working from home, or anywhere in between.

Don’t let workplace hazards or digital eye strain compromise your vision. Schedule an appointment with your Brookfield eye doctor at the Holtebeck Eye Center today, and explore our range of services. From LASIK to routine eye care, we can help you protect and enhance your eye wellness in the workplace and beyond.