Eyes are one of the most vulnerable and complex parts of the human body. Healthy sight lets us see the world, yet many of us take it for granted. It is estimated that half a million blinding injuries occur every year across the world. Exposure to chemicals, dust, rust, and debris can cause eye injuries, and unfortunately some result in permanent blindness.
As one of the leading eye hospitals in West Bengal, we have curated a list of 26 insightful tips on eye protection:
People working in factories:
1.If you are working in a factory, wear the right protective eye equipment (PPE).
2.There are four primary types of eye protectors: general safety glasses, laser safety glasses, chemical splash goggles, and impact goggles. You should know which ones to use when and how to wear the protectors properly.
1.Never spray insecticides or pesticides when there is a breeze blowing. These chemicals can go into your eyes and cause eye problems that can lead to blindness.
2.Wear eye-protective goggles while doing any kind of gardening job. Always wear polycarbonate goggles or safety spectacles, which are lightweight, durable, and offer better clarity of vision.
People spending a lot of time under the sun:
3.Always wear sunglasses with ultraviolet protection as UV radiation can damage the structure of the eye.
4,Try to stay in the shade when the UV rays of the sun are at their strongest, usually between 10 am and 4 pm.
5.Always apply sunscreen near your eye area 15-30 minutes before heading out in the sun.
6.Always try to protect your eyes from all angles. Wear sunglasses that wrap all the way around the eye temples.
Working in offices:
7.Your desktop or laptop screen should provide a clear and sharp image.
8.The font size should be suitable for reading.
9.The distance between your eyes and the computer screen should be around 350 – 600 mm for comfortable viewing.
10.The computer screen should be adjustable to tilt according to your needs.
11.Keep blinking intentionally to keep your eyes moisturised.
12.The keyboard should be detachable, so that you can keep changing your postures frequently and also work from a distance.
13.Make sure that your keyboard is non-reflective and clear. You should be able to recognise the signs and alphabets on it easily.
Ways to create a well-illuminated office:
14.Your office should have sufficient lighting. Appropriate lighting prevents eye fatigue and headaches.
15.Minimise glare and reflections by placing the desktop away from a light source or a window.
16.The air supply from the air conditioner should not blow directly into your face or body as it will leave your eyes dry.
Common eye protection tips for all:
17.Take short breaks in between the work to alleviate the eye fatigue caused by prolonged exposure to computer screens.
18.Do eye exercises to comfort your eyes.
19.Always wash your hands before cleaning your eyes.
20.Do not share your eye towels with others. Never use someone else’s eye drops or their glasses.
21.Give rest to your eyes by getting enough sleep.
22.Always watch the TV screen from the right distance. The ideal TV viewing distance depends upon the size of the television. For instance, it is ideal for you to watch a 40 inch HD TV from a distance of 1.5 meters.
23.Use computers in well-lit places. Keep looking at other places while working to alleviate your eye fatigue.
24.Wear goggles when cleaning dusty areas.
25.Make sure that you have sufficient artificial or natural light while studying.
26.Consult an eye doctor whenever you notice discomfort or problem with your vision.