March is an important month for vision or eye health because it is designated as National Save Your Vision Month. During this month, eye health organizations, healthcare providers, eye specialists, researchers come together to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of your eyes and maintaining good vision.
There are several reasons why March was chosen as the month to focus on vision and eye health. For one, it falls at the beginning of spring, which is a time of renewal and growth. This makes it a natural time to think about renewing your commitment to taking care of your eyes and making sure that you are seeing your best. This is also called “Workplace Eye Awareness Month” typically observed with a purpose to raise awareness about the importance of eye safety in the workplace. Eye injuries can be extremely serious and can lead to long-term damage or even blindness. The month aims to encourage both employers and employees to take steps to prevent eye injuries and to promote eye safety in the workplace.
During Workplace Eye Awareness Month, employers are encouraged to provide eye safety training to their employees, to make sure that they have access to appropriate eye protection, and to ensure that their work environments are free from hazards that could cause eye injuries. Employees are encouraged to take responsibility for their own eye safety by wearing appropriate eye protection when required, reporting any hazards or safety concerns to their employer, and getting regular eye exams to monitor their eye health. This is mostly seen in an industrial setting and workplace related eye injuries are also a concern mostly in those settings.
Since the pandemic and the work from home or distance working model the most strained was the eyesight. Studies have shown that there was typically a high rise in the Eye or Visual issues due to constant use of gadgets, technology, smart phones, internet etc during the pandemic days. The usage of internet, social media, online portals was on the rise especially during the lock-down period. Now we all are so used to the new set-up that we feel working from home is the best solution.
But the toll it is taking on our eyesight is high. We need to include usage of the internet, screen time, technology also as a part of “Workforce eye awareness month”. Employers and employees need to devise a 20-20-20 rule to help with “Screen time detox” in a day.
Adapting a no screen time day or a screen time off day should be a must when it comes to helping the Employees. This could lead to a major economic loss to the company, employer and in turn to the employee but this could just be one step closer to adapting and adopting a new way of Visual or Screen detox for a day, to help create a new way of working in the office. One can promote preparing for spring and summer activities that may require good vision, such as sports, gardening, and outdoor recreation. By emphasizing the importance of eye health during this month, people are encouraged to take steps to protect their eyes and make sure that they are seeing their best for these activities.
Overall, March is an important month for vision and eye health because it provides a focused time to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of your eyes and maintaining good vision, and it helps to remind people that their eye health is equally important part of their overall health and wellbeing. So, it’s the month of spreading awareness and adapting a new regimen to detox your eyesight for better eye lifespan. Time to work on your eye-sight vision while working!!
Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
Research & Product Domain Expert
(Atreya Innovations Pvt. Ltd.)
Chief Nutrition Counseller (Germany)
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