Workplace Eye Wellness Month 2023
Here Are 6 Things Trucking Companies Can Do to Promote Healthy Eye Habits Among Drivers
As we all know, one of the most critical components to being a good truck driver is having great eyesight.
While age and genetics can have a profound impact on the quality of our vision, it's still up to each one of us to take care of our eyes. That said, it's extremely helpful when employers promote eye health to their employees, especially anyone who drives.
Since March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, now's a great time to revisit your company's approach to employee vision care.
Below, we discuss six things trucking companies can do to promote healthy eye habits among drivers:
1. Provide snacks that boost eye health.
- Orange-colored fruits and veggies. These foods are high in beta carotene, which converts into vitamin A, a must-have for healthy retinas and for avoiding dry eye. When people hear the words "beta carotene," most folks think of carrots, which are an excellent choice. But sweet potatoes have even more vitamin A. Apricots and cantaloupe work, too. (Dried apricots are an easy, portable snack!)
- Foods rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant. Simply put, this means it helps protect us from damage that happens due to unhealthy lifestyle habits or environmental factors. Citrus fruits of all kinds are good options. And what's easier than throwing a bag of oranges or tangerines into the cab of your truck?
- Foods rich in vitamin E. Vitamin E is another antioxidant, and it can be found in plenty of easy-to-transport snacks with long shelf lives, like almonds and sunflower seeds.
- Leafy greens. When are leafy greens NOT on the list? You might have heard the word "lutein" when it comes to eye health. Leafy greens have lots of lutein as well as zeaxanthin, both of which are important for healthy eyes. Encourage drivers to eat more salads. Luckily, plenty of rest stops and gas stations offer grab-and-go salads now.
2. Promote proper rest so drivers can avoid eye strain.
4. Provide protective eyewear.
5. Educate drivers about the right sunglasses.
6. Make sure drivers are up-to-date with their DOT physicals.
To pass the eye exam, drivers need to have 20/40 vision in each eye with or without glasses, and a field of vision of at least 70 degrees in each eye. Drivers also need to have the ability to recognize different colors of traffic lights and signals that show red, green, and amber. (It's important for drivers to bring their glasses or wear their contact lenses when they get their physical.)
Here's everything you and your drivers need to know about vision requirements for the eye exam during DOT physicals.
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