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Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates

August 2016

static1.squarespace.comQ: How can I protect my eyes at work?
A: Here are 10 tidbits to maintain your 20/20 for one of the most underappreciated body parts:
• Apply the 20/20 rule! Give your eyes a break from the computer screen or close-up work every 20 minutes by taking 20 seconds to look 20 feet into the distance.
• Keep artificial tears on hand to lubricate your eyes. Computer use, driving, watching TV and reading all reduce our blink rate, resulting in dry eyes.
• Let tears wash out a speck in the eye – don’t rub it. Lift the upper lid out over the lower one to produce tears.
• If eyes are itchy or irritated, don’t rub them. Apply a cool compress and rest them by closing the lids for short periods of time.
• Wear protective eye wear at all times when in a hazardous area.
• Check out your company’s first aid protocol for eye emergencies. Make sure there is an emergency eye kit on hand and clear guidelines for eye safety in the workplace.
• Chemical contact in the eyes requires flushing with liquid for at least 15 minutes and immediate medical treatment.
• For blows to the eye, apply a cold com-press and seek emergency medical care.
• Cuts or punctures to the eye or eyelid should be covered with a rigid shield and seek immediate medical attention.
• Look long-term – rally for eye care as an employee health benefit. I95

Kimberly A. Neutze, D.O., is a Board-Certified ophthalmologist and a Bel Air native, specializing in pediatric ophthalmology as well as general ophthalmology and cataract surgery. Dr. Neutze graduated in 2004 from Salisbury University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and a minor in Chemistry. In 2008, she graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates