The biggest eye hazard most of face is staring at the computer screens for hours while binging on â€śFortnite.â€ť People who have real jobs have more intense eye safety needs. Workers in auto repair, construction, manufacturing, plumbing welding are among the most vulnerable to eye injuries.
Government regulations specify what types of eye protection should be worn, including shields and other safety measures. Not all businesses comply or enforce these standards.
SUBHEAD: Know your patientâ€™s eye safety needs
If youâ€™re not already, you might intervene with a few pointed questions about their occupation. Red flags to watch for:
Anyone working in an area that has particles or flying dust must wear safety glasses with side shields.
Patients who work with radiation (welding, lasers or fiber optics) must use special-purpose safety glasses, goggles, face shields or helmets designed for those tasks.
Working around chemicals also requires wearing goggles.
Work with employers on eye safety practices
Your patients should know the requirements for their work environment. For example, side shields placed on your conventional glasses do not meet the OSHA requirement for most workplaces.
As an ophthalmologist or optometrist, you may also assist employers to assist in evaluating potential eye hazards in your workplace and be determining what type of eye protection may be needed.
This is serious business for patients and companies. OSHA estimates that there are 20,000 eye injuries a year. Together, they rack up a $300 million price tag for medical care, losses in productivity, legal and workers compensation.
Eye Safety Resources
Eye Safety from The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Any doctor who has spent a day seeing patients knows that the repetitive motions and awkward postures are par for the course. But that time spent bending over equipment can lead to some pretty serious aches and pains by the end of the day. And those little aches and pains can lead to some pretty serious long-term musculoskeletal issues that can be temporarily or permanently debilitating.
Here are a few tips that can help prevent those little pains from becoming big ones.
- Pay attention to your posture throughout the day and try to keep your motions as ergonomic as you can.
- Be cognizant of your repetitive motions and try to vary them.
- Position equipment (and patients) with comfort in mind. Have your patients lean into you, rather than you to them.
- Invest in elbow rests where you need them. And wrist rests for your keyboard.
- Take time to stretch.
- When operating, consider standing versus sitting. And invest in anti-fatigue mats for anywhere youâ€™ll be standing for long periods of time.
- When purchasing new equipment, keep ergonomics in mind.
Remember that those little motions, while only lasting a moment at a time, can build up over the course of the day, weeks, and months, making for lasting effects over a career.
Doctors around the world can now able to stay up to date on the latest advancements in ophthalmology and earn continuing medical education credits courtesy of Wills Eye Hospital and the World Wide Web.
“Academic excellence and the continuous quest for knowledge are guiding principles at Wills Eye Hospital,” said Joe Bilson, CEO of Wills Eye. “We believe that offering ongoing education and sharing the knowledge and expertise of our esteemed medical staff helps us to not only live up to those principles but to shepherd and advance the importance of ophthalmology in our world.”
Wills Eye Saturday Update courses and live-streamed events, presented by some of the world’s leading ophthalmologists, helps healthcare providers stay abreast of the latest advancements and developments in ophthalmic medicine. And the Wills Eye Knowledge Portal offers continuously updated insight from experts across a variety of ophthalmology subspecialties.
Wills Eye Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
A new federal bill seeks to “put patients and doctors in control of important health care decisions,” according to the American Optometric Association. The AOA is backing the measure, which wasÂ introduced March 17 in the House.
The bill would prohibit federally regulated health, vision, and dental plans
It’s called the Dental and Optometric Care Access Act or DOC Access Act, and has been designated as H.R. 1606.
Among other protections, the bill would prohibit federally regulated health, vision, and dental plans from restrictions on medical plan participation, limits on a doctor’s choice of lab, and non-covered services and materials mandates.
“Millions of Americans rely on local doctors of optometry for their comprehensive eye and vision health care needs,â€ť said AOA President Dr. Andrea P. Thau. â€śIt is time to put a stop to the barriers vision plans place on the doctor-patient relationship and access to quality care.â€ť
According to AOA: “While 40 states have enacted legislation addressing these exploitations for plans regulated at the state level, a federal effort is now needed to address plans which have been sidestepping these state laws.”
Walk into most waiting rooms, you’ve undoubtedly noticed a big screen (or screens) playing videos while most everyone is thumbing it on their smartphones. Like everywhere else, communication has gone digital in the opthalmology.
But smart phones, IPads and TV screens havenâ€™t replaced the good old fashioned face-to-face interaction between patient and healthcare practitioners. A recent survey by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that when physicians share information through conversation with their patients it helps build a rapport that allows patients to feel empowered enough to discuss most anything.
Many brands use the opportunity of this special relationship to introduce their products to patients in a much more personal way than a TV commercial or website, so if doctors have a good understanding of the productâ€™s benefits, they become more likely to recommend the product. And if a doctor provides information, samples or coupons for a particular product, the patient is much more likely to purchase that product.
Bottom line? Even in this digital age, nothing has replaced the simple conversation between physician and patient as the most effective method of communication.
The medial prefrontal cortex may play a direct role in controlling our desire for weight promoting foods, high in sucrose content, when we are sleep deprived.
A new paper published on December 6 in the journal eLife finds that rapid eye movement (REM) sleep loss leads to increased consumption of unhealthy foods, specifically sucrose and fat. The researchers at the University of Tsukuba’s International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine (IIIS) used a new method to produce REM sleep loss in mice along with a chemical-genetic technique to block prefrontal cortex neurons and the behaviors they mediate.