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Eye Safety

Eye Safety

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DIY & Working Environments

If you’re a DIY fan or spend time in a workshop, eye protection is an important safety consideration. Any foreign body getting into the eye can cause damage very easily to the soft tissue of the eye and can lead to long-term sight problems.

If your working environment is hazardous, make sure your employer provides adequate eye protection. We have an extensive range of safety eyewear that can be made to your prescription.

Drivers.

Good eyesight isn’t just a matter of choice. If you drive any type of vehicle you must be able to read a standard car number plate at a distance of 20.5m. If you can’t do this you are risking a £1,000 fine and three points on your licence. But more importantly you are potentially risking your own and other peoples’ lives.

In additions for HGV’s and Public Transport by law you must have:

  • A visual acuity of at least 6/9 in the better eye; and
  • A visual acuity of at least 6/12 in the worse eye;

and if these are achieved by correction, the uncorrected visual acuity in each eye must be no less than 3/60.

If you find yourself squinting to read road signs or car number plates, book an eye appointment with us to have your eyes checked immediately. We carry out professional drivers eye examinations to DVLNI requirements including Estermann’s fields test.

Are you having Problems with Glare?

Many spectacle wearers have problems with glare, particularly during night driving. This is often caused by light from bright peripheral sources reflecting around within their lens. If this is a problem you experience then you may benefit from anti-reflective coatings on your lenses. These reduce unwanted reflections which improve the quality of the image forming in your eye, not to mention the cosmetic appearance of your glasses.

Drivers who are particularly sensitive to light may find tinted lenses better as the car windscreen absorbs some of the ultra-violet light that causes photochromic lenses to change.

VDU Users.

Display Screen Equipment.

Prolonged use of computer monitors can lead to eyestrain. If your work involves long periods at a computer screen, make sure you take regular breaks to allow your eyes to relax. Check that the computer screen is at the correct height and that you are not straining your eyes to see the entire screen. Your eyes should naturally focus on the centre of the screen.

Also ensure that your lighting is sufficient to work by, fluorescent lights tend to ‘flicker’ at a very high resonance which can cause eye strain without the sufferer even realising the cause of the problem.

It is advisable not to sit with a window directly in front or behind you to avoid glare and eyestrain. If glare is a problem you experience then you may benefit from anti-reflective coatings on your lenses. These reduce unwanted reflections which improve the quality of the image forming in your eye, not to mention the cosmetic appearance of your glasses.

At Faith Donaldson Optometrists we can assess your visual needs if you use a computer screen. We can advise you and your employer whether you need an extra pair of glasses “solely for use with Display Screen Equipment” in line with Health and Safety Regulations. These Regulations apply where employees habitually use display screen as a significant part of their normal work.

If you are an employer you might be interested in contacting us to look after your employees to this end. You receive reports on each employee and an invoice at the end of the month or once everyone is examined if you prefer. If your employees require glasses solely for use with DSE they can choose them from a range at a negotiated price or “trade-up”, paying the balance themselves. We find on average only 3-5% of DSE users require glasses “solely for use with DSE”.

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