How much do you value your eyes/sight? Each day we are exposed to hazards that can cause strain, temporary or permanent damage to our eyes and sometimes we are not even aware.
Here are a few everyday hazards:
- Dust and smoke exposure
- Unclean hands used to rub our eyes.
- Prolonged exposure to display devices such as phones and computers.
Some of us work in specialized conditions, where certain actions tasks are done. These hazards could be in form of :
- projectiles (chipping from wood, metals etc)
- Chemicals (Splashes and fumes).
- Radiation (visible lights, ultra violet, heat or infrared/laser radiation).
- Blood borne pathogens.
In a work environment there can be multiple hazards for example in construction you can have both projectile and radiation (While using a grinding machine).
What are the effects you may ask, it’s effect can be either temporary or permanent.
See below a few:
- Eye Strain / tiredness
- Dry eyes.
- Computer vision syndrome ( can be caused by any display device, phones, computers, tablets etc).
- Temporary or Permanent Blindness.
How can you protect yourself?
- Get glasses it could be plain or dark(tainted) that will also help reduce sun glare. Always have a clean handkerchief, which you can slightly dampen and cover your face as much as possible.
- Wash your hands often and keep a hand sanitizer close by.
- Reduce time spent with display devices, install anti-glare cover or apps and give your eyes a break every 20-30mins.
- Always use protective gear provided.
- Read and follow instructions for all chemical substances being used.
- Inspect your work station and eliminate all hazards by using the available machine guards and other control tools.
- Know WHERE to go and WHO to meet for first aid treatment.
- Get enough sleep, rest and keep hydrated, this works wonders for dry eyes.
Remember your eyes are the windows to your soul and they help you appreciate the beauty around you, they are very valuable and can be easily damaged.
Written by Chioma Ahumareze Ukwandu