Our eyes help us in experiencing all colors of life. However, sometimes we tend to take our eyes for granted and stop caring for them. This can lead to various eye problems, which you can avoid by taking good care of your eyes daily.
Common causes of eye injuries include overexposure to Ultra Violet rays, certain chemicals, and external particles. Overexposure to UV rays for a short term can damage the external and internal structure of the eye. It can also cause burns on the eye surface, similar to sunburns. In contrast, long-term exposure to UV rays can cause more severe eye problems such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and skin cancer around the eyelids.
Toxic chemical substances can also cause eye injuries. For example, greasy splashes and oil burns from steam can be hazardous for your eye. Additionally, foreign objects like metal chips or flying wood entering the eye can damage the structures of the eye and cause vision loss.
Healthcare workers, lab technicians, and janitorial employees have a higher risk of acquiring infectious eye diseases, transmitted through the mucous membranes of the eye. These are caused by exposure to respiratory droplets created during coughing or touching the eyes with infected fingers or objects.
Several studies reveal that nearly 60% of people were not wearing any type of eye protection at the time of their accident. Such carelessness can lead to innumerable vision problems that can be irreversible. To avoid this, follow the following safety precautions while at work.
Always wear safety glasses with side protection (side shields) while dealing with construction, welding, and manufacturing jobs involving particles, flying objects, or dust. These safety glasses are robust and provide better protection than regular glasses.
Wear goggles when dealing with toxic and hazardous chemicals. Also, use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields, or helmets when working near harmful radiation.
People who work for long stretches on a computer should avoid stressing the eyes by using anti-glare screens. Also, position your screens at eye level, and sit with feet resting flat on the floor to reduce eye strain. Resting your eyes at short intervals and looking at distant objects, and blinking in between allows your eyes to refocus.
Here are some practical eye care tips.
Harmful sun rays lead to several eye problems, including macular degeneration, cataract, corneal sunburn, and skin cancer. You can wear UV-protected sunglasses to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of the sun's rays.
A healthy and nutritious diet rich in nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, copper, and beta carotene is beneficial for your eyes and overall health.
Studies have shown that smoking can increase the risk of cataracts by three times more risk than non-smokers. It can also cause glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye syndrome.
Regular eye checkups can detect vision issues in the early stages. Regular eye examinations and using proper eyewear at work will ensure safety.
Make sure to give us a call at Netralayam if you have any problems regarding your eye or vision or need advice on caring for your eyes.
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