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WHEN YOU EMBARK on the journey to become an eyecare professional, you endure years of classroom and clinical training to be able to see patients on your own. You proffer your professional advice on eye health, write prescriptions, and generally make it your business to know what you’re doing.
But what about the moments when your patients can teach you a thing or two? It happens sometimes, no doubt. But other times, they come up with some pretty crazy stuff.
What would you do if your patients said the following?
1. Denial ain’t just a river, it’s apparently a drink too.
2. Stay tuned for the androgynous contacts, scheduled to be released next summer.
3. Oh, honey…
4. Perhaps it was on the “Popcorn” feature?
5. Tap, still or sparkling?
6. Flipping minds and corneas alike.
8. Probably had it on “Heavy Wash”.
9. What kind of insect was that and where can we find it?
11. Isn’t it easier to pronounce the word with two syllables than the one with four?!
12. No! Then all your logic would flow out of the holes. Don’t do that.
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Ophthalmologists Say “90 Percent of Work-Related Eye Injuries Can be Avoided by Wearing Eye Protection.”
Kleinsorge and the American Academy of Ophthalmology urge making eye health part of a daily work wellness routine.
On-the-job safety goes well beyond avoiding slips, falls, and heavy lifting. Caring for your eyes should be a high priority and part of an overall workplace wellness routine.
Each day, about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injuries that requires medical treatment. However, 90 percent of these accidents can be avoided by wearing eye protection. As part of an ongoing effort to stress the importance of workplace eye wellness, Kleinsorge and the American Academy of Ophthalmology are encouraging the public to do right by their eyes and wear appropriate eye protection during the month of March.
Workplace eye injuries cost more than $300 million a year in lost productivity, treatment, and compensation. These injuries range from simple eye strain to trauma which may lead to permanent damage, vision loss, and blindness in some cases. This is particularly true for workers in construction, manufacturing, and mining. Approximately, 40 percent of eye injuries in the workplace happen in these three industries.
If an eye injury does occur, an individual should seek care from an ophthalmologist — a physician who specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of eye diseases and conditions — or go to an emergency room for immediate care.
Caring for your eyes on the job should not be limited to those who do physical labor however. People who spend long hours working on a computer or looking at video-display screens can experience eye discomfort. Focusing on small font type for hours on end can cause eye strain, fatigue, and headaches as well in professions such as proofreading or copywriting. Staring at screens for long periods can also leave eyes parched and red, causing the eyes to become dry from lack of blinking. This happens frequently as computer screens or other digital displays reduce a person’s blink rate by as much as 50 percent.
The Academy provides tips to help avoid workplace eye injury or strain:
- Wear protective eyewear. Ensure that your eye protection is appropriate for the type of hazard that may be present in your workplace such flying debris, falling objects, chemicals, intense light, and heat. Your eyewear must be American National Standards Institute ANSI-approved and OSHA compliant. You must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shield or helmet if you are near hazardous radiation welding, chemicals, lasers or fiber optics.
- Position your computer 25 inches away. If you are working on a desktop computer, try placing the monitor at an arm’s length away from your face. You may need to adjust the font size to appear larger at that distance.
- Follow the 20-20-20 rule. Eye strain and dry eye occur after long, continuous periods of viewing digital screens up close. To help alleviate this, take a break every 20 minutes by looking at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Looking at a distance allows your eyes to relax and return to a regular rate of blinking again. Normally, people blink about 14 times a minute and with every blink, your eyes are lubricated with fluid that contains moisturizing elements, including oil.
- Reduce glare on your smartphone and digital screen. While many new phones and digital devices have glass screens with excellent picture quality, they also produce a strong glare that can aggravate the eyes. If you use a glass screen device, adjust the low light filter setting to lower screen brightness or use a matte filter to reduce eye strain.
- Adjust environmental lighting at your work. If your computer screen is brighter than your office surroundings, your eyes need to work harder to see. You can reduce eye strain by adjusting the lighting in your surroundings.
“It takes only a few seconds to protect yourself from eye related issues that can cause vision problems,” said Brenda Pagán-Durán, M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “I can’t stress enough the importance of incorporating eye wellness into your daily routine; whether it’s simply adjusting the setting on your computer monitor, or wearing appropriate protection to avoid serious eye injury. This is truly an ounce of prevention that can safeguard your vision.”
About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org.
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