Prevent Blindness Georgia Provides Information on Protecting Vision in the Workplace
ATLANTA (Feb. 24, 2014)– The use of digital devices, including personal computers, tablets and cell phones, continues to increase. And, the impact of prolonged usage can often be felt in the eye. In fact, because of extended use of these devices, close to 70 percent of American adults experience some form of digital eyestrain, according to a new report from The Vision Council. Symptoms of digital eyestrain can include dry eyes, blurred vision and headaches.
To highlight the central role computers and smartphones play for the modern workforce, Prevent Blindness Georgia has declared March Workplace Eye Wellness Month. The goal is to provide employers and employees with free information on topics ranging from eyestrain to industrial eye safety in order to promote eye health at work.
Office workers can take a few simple steps to help prevent eyestrain and fatigue. Prevent Blindness Georgia suggests:
In addition, Prevent Blindness also strongly recommends the use of eye protection in the workplace, especially in industries such as construction, manufacturing, or any profession where eye accidents and injuries may occur. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2012, there were 20,300 recorded occupational eye injuries that resulted in days away from work.
Prevent Blindness Georgia offers two workplace programs. The Healthy Eyes Educational Series is a free program from Prevent Blindness that provides user-friendly, downloadable modules to conduct formal presentations or informal one-on-one sessions, including one entitled “Work Safety.” Each module includes a Presentation Guide and corresponding PowerPoint presentation on a relevant eye health topic such as adult eye disorders, eye anatomy, healthy living, low vision and various safety topics. Fact sheets can be downloaded at any time from the Prevent Blindness website for use as handouts to accompany the presentation.
Prevent Blindness Georgia also offers Eye2Eye, a web-based educational resource that trains employees to communicate the importance of eye health and safety to each other, increases eye safety compliance and builds a stronger culture of safety in the workplace. The program features a peer-based, interactive curriculum and community-oriented forum enabling end-users to share their learnings and best practices with each other.
“Taking care of our eyes should be a job we perform around the clock,” said DeAndria Nichols, VP of Adult Vision Programs at Prevent Blindness Georgia. “By protecting our eyes at work and at home, we can help stay healthy and productive for years to come!”
To find out more about the Healthy Eyes Educational Series, Eye2Eye or other workplace eye health topics, please contact Prevent Blindness Georgia at 404-266-2020 or visit www.pbga.org.
About Prevent Blindness Georgia
Prevent Blindness Georgia was founded in 1965 as the state affiliate of Prevent Blindness America, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization since 1908. Its mission is to prevent blindness and preserve sight for the residents of Georgia which is accomplished through vision screenings for children and adults, eye exams and glasses for indigent seniors and homeless and working poor adults, public education on eye health and safety to persons at risk for eye disease, and vision screening training. To donate to our good work, visit www.pbga.org.