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Prevent Blindness Provides Free Tips to Employers and
Employees to Help Keep Vision Healthy At Work

Symptoms of digital eye strain, also referred to as computer vision syndrome,
dry eyes, include tired, burning or itching eyes, blurred vision and/or headache.
To help reduce the effects, Prevent Blindness recommends:

  • Place your screen 20 to 26 inches away from your eyes and a little bit below eye level.
  • Choose screens that can tilt and swivel. A keyboard that you can adjust is also helpful.
  • Computer glasses with yellow-tinted lenses that block blue light can help ease digital eye strain by increasing contrast.
  • Use a document holder placed next to your screen. It should be close enough so you don't have to swing your head back and forth or constantly change your eye focus.
  • Change your lighting to lower glare and harsh reflections. Glare filters over your digital screens can also help.
  • Anti-reflective lenses reduce glare and increase contrast and also block blue light from digital devices.

Prevent Blindness also recently launched its Screen Time-Out awareness campaign, created to educate consumers on the effects of increased screen time, and encourage the public to introduce regular screen breaks into their daily routines. Shareable social media graphics are available to employers to post on their social media channels or include in company newsletters.

For those who work in other settings, such as construction or manufacturing, Prevent Blindness also provides information on the importance of eye protection. Eye and face protection must be provided whenever necessary to protect against chemical, mechanical, radiological or environmental irritants and hazards.

Safety eyewear protection includes:

  • Goggles
  • Face shields
  • Non-prescription and prescription safety glasses
  • Welding helmets
  • Full-face respirators

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