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Are You Protecting Patients’ Eyes at Work?

March 8, 2017

Prevent Blindness has declared March as Workplace Eye Wellness Month to provide employers and employees with free information on the dangers of blue light, digital services and vision, and eye injury prevention in order to promote eye health at work.

According to a recent report from The Vision Council, “Blue Light Exposure and Digital Eye Strain,” 87 percent of survey respondents use digital devices more than two hours per day, and over 52 percent regularly use two digital devices simultaneously. Research is showing that too much exposure to blue light could lead to digital eye strain or retina damage, the organization stated.

For this initiative, Prevent Blindness is once again partnering with Healthe and its EyeSafe technologies. Healthe will donate a portion of the sales of its EyeSafe products—including protective covers for digital phones, tablets and computer monitors—that reduce exposure to harmful digital UV and High-Energy Visible (HEV) blue light emitted from such devices, to Prevent Blindness in support of its children’s eye health programs and resources.

Prevent Blindness will also be offering a Work Safety module as part of its free program, the Healthy Eyes Educational Series. Each module in the series 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 web site for use as handouts to accompany the presentation.

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