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Are You Protecting Your Eyes at Work?

In honor of Workplace Eye Wellness Month, it’s time for a look at the steps we can all take to protect our eyes while we work.

Depending on what type of job you have, your eyes will face different risks of health issues or injury, so we want to approach this in two broad categories: office jobs and jobs that involve physical labor.

Eye Health in the Office

Eye health might not be something you think about too much if you have an office job. You might not be working with dangerous machinery or chemicals, but there is still a significant chance for someone who works at a computer for most of the day to develop digital eye strain, also called computer vision syndrome.

When we spend hours at a time staring at a computer screen, it doesn’t cause permanent damage, but it can leave your eyes tired and irritated. Common symptoms include neck pain, headaches, back strain, dry eye, and inattentiveness. It can also have a negative impact on productivity!

There are several things we can do to minimize or eliminate the effects of digital eye strain, such as repositioning the computer screen, making a conscious effort to blink more often, drinking more water, using an anti-glare screen or computer glasses, and following the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, spend 20 seconds looking at something 20 feet away). We can also fight digital eye strain by scheduling regular eye exams!

Eye Safety and Physical Labor

Not all jobs are in an office. Jobs like carpentry, construction, manufacturing, auto repair, electrical work, maintenance, welding, plumbing, mining, and even working in a lab pose a significant risk of eye injury. Every day, at least two thousand workers in these fields are treated for eye injuries.

That’s a pretty big number, but 90% of eye injuries are preventable when we use the right safety equipment. If you work in one of these fields and are vulnerable to eye injuries, make sure you’re wearing your goggles, safety glasses, face shield, welding helmet, or full-face respirator. Your eyes will thank you!

Have Questions About Workplace Eye Safety? Just Ask!

Whether you’ve been experiencing symptoms of eye strain or are concerned about the eye protection you’ve been using at your worksite, we’re here to answer all of your questions about eye safety. Give us a call or stop by, and schedule an appointment if it’s been a long time since your last one!

Show your eyes the love they deserve!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.
Important Insurance Changes

Dear patients, After much consideration, we are making a change with Vision Service Plan (VSP). As of October 1, 2021, Redmond Eye Doctors is moving from "in-network" to "out-of-network". The continuing changes in your VSP insurance and restriction placed on us as providers has been frustrating. We considered many options, and the choice was clear. Being independent of managed care plans will allow us to provide the level of care you have come to expect from Redmond Eye Doctors, without restrictions or limitations from your vision insurance. While we may not be "in network" with VSP, we want to take care of you! We offer many discounts to patients when payment is made on the date of service.

  • Discounts on routine vision exams that includes a comprehensive eye health check and glasses prescription.
  • Discounts on glasses made with quality, independently owned frame manufacturers and lens labs. 20% OFF your first pair, 30% OFF all additional pairs.
  • Seasonal specials - like our Annual SunSational Sale and Computer Blues Sale.

We are happy to provide all the forms and receipts to self-submit for out of network reimbursement. Also, vision plans have no effect on medical visits such as dry eye treatments, diabetes exams and glaucoma checks. We are still part of most major medical plans. For more information on how this will affect your specific situation, please call us at 425-885-7363.