Check The Lighting And Use A Low Vision Device In Case Of Low Vision Issues
Keep in mind that 20/20 vision is a must for work safety, efficiency and productivity. Be sure to check the lighting and use a low vision device, if you have low vision issues. Your prompt and appropriate action will have a positive impact on your life, too.
Importance of Vision
The importance of 20/20 vision for carpenters and the like cannot be overemphasized. When you’re working with manual and power tools, you should see what you’re working on. Otherwise, your risks for injuries will increase.
The importancBut what is vision? It is the ability to see people, places and things with clear perception of their details. These include colors, characteristics and contrasts. It is also the ability to distinguish objects.e of 20/20 vision for carpenters and the like cannot be overemphasized. When you’re working with manual and power tools, you should see what you’re working on. Otherwise, your risks for injuries will increase.
Without it, you cannot work well in a workshop setting with power and manual tools as the main equipment.
Check the Lighting First
If you’re beginning to see things less clearly, then you may have vision issues. But emphasis should be made that it may or may not be the root cause. You should first check the lighting in the entire workshop and in specific work areas first.
You may be squinting not because of low vision but because of poor lighting. You may also have difficulty distinguishing between two small objects for this reason.
In a workshop setting, the lighting should be enough for people to work well. People should also be able to use the facilities and move between places without eye strain.
The individual workstations should also have adequate lighting. This is especially true for precision tasks, such as electronics.
Both the general and individual areas should be well-lighted for their specific purposes.
A few of the lighting options available are:
- Fluorescent overhead fixtures are suitable for overhead lighting. These can be mounted on the ceiling but away from walls for an even light over the entire area.
- Under-cabinet lighting fixtures are great underneath cabinets and shelves. These can illuminate specific parts of the work surface, especially for detailed work.
- Track lighting fixtures are suitable for illuminating particular areas. These also provide overhead lighting for large area. These come in two types – flood bulbs and spot bulbs.Flood bulbs light larger areas. Spot bulbs focus concentrated light on particular areas. Both types are individual lights that can be redirected.
- Portable floodlights are great for lighting specific jobs. These provide bright illumination, as well as adjustable in direction and height. These are also suitable for installation in out-of-the-way and awkward spaces.
You can also ask your co-users or co-workers about their vision-related experiences at work. You may or may not be alone in issues related to poor lighting in the workshop.
Check for Signs of Low Vision
If workspace lighting systems are adequate, you should consider the possibility of low vision. While an ophthalmologist is the best person for this job, you can also look out for these signs.
- Do you have difficulty in recognizing the faces of your family and friends?
- Do you have to see things up close just to distinguish their characteristics? These include reading and writing, fixing things, and choosing colored clothes.
- Do you feel that the lights appear dimmer than usual? Yet your family and friends don’t have such an experience.
- Do you have difficulty reading labels on products and tools? You didn’t have these issues before.
If you answered “yes” to most or all the questions, then you probably have low vision issues. You have to perform these steps to resolve it as soon as possible:
- Have your eyes checked by an ophthalmologist. Your eyes may have an underlying injury or illness that requires prompt action.
- Inform your supervisor, if any, about your vision-related issues. You can request for appropriate measures for your safety and performance. You may, for example, ask about better lighting in your work area.
- Read about your eye condition based on the ophthalmologist’s definitive diagnosis. You can take control of your eye-related issues by being more informed about it. Your actions can include using the right low vision device, as well as getting the right training.
The Bottom Line: You have so many factors under your control relative to low vision. You must take control together with your ophthalmologist and employer, if any.
Consider Low Vision Devices
Your ophthalmologist and optometrist will likely recommend prescription eyeglasses. You should wear them as recommended so to improve your vision, too. You can also request contact lenses, if eyeglasses are unsuitable in your work.
Aside from eyeglasses, you may also consider these low vision devices at work. These are optical magnification devices that enlarge the appearance of objects via lenses.
- Magnifiers can be handheld, standing, or hanging lenses within a round frame. These can come in the form of spectacles, domes, and bars depending on their common use. These are also available in half-eye, bifocal, and full aperture styles.
- Telescopes with magnification powers of 2x to 10x may also be used in the workplace. These are used for distance and intermediate tasks, such as looking at stacked boxes.
You may also consider glare control devices. The glare from lights and shiny surfaces also affect work safety and performance. You can, for example, be blinded by the glare from sunlight on metal surfaces.
For this reason, you should add these steps to reduce the risks associated with glare:
- Caps, hats and visors
- Absorptive lenses, which come in a wide range of tints and cut-off points
You can even ask your supervisor about low vision training for workers, if any. Your safety and performance at work will be better for it. You have the knowledge and skills to cope with your condition instead of just squeaking by.
Employers and employees must work together to ensure that, indeed, adequate lighting is present. This is a must because of the relationship between good vision and good lighting.
You have the right to demand good lighting in the workplace, if you’re a worker. You also have the responsibility to ensure it, if you’re a DIY person or a workplace supervisor.
Regardless of where you are in the picture, you should be able to see the whole picture. You can start by ensuring the right lighting in the right areas.