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Ophthalmologists: Eye Protection Can Prevent 90 Percent of Work-Related Eye Injuries

November 20th, 2018 at 9:44 am

Chicago workers' compensation attorneyEach day, an estimated 2,000 people seek medical treatment for a work-related eye injury. At a cost of around $300 million in lost productivity, medical treatment, and compensation each year, eye safety on the job should be a priority. Ophthalmologists say at least 90 percent of these injuries could be prevented if employees used proper eye protection and eye safety practices.

Unfortunately, the eyes are often overlooked during work safety talks and discussions, and proper gear is not always available or supplied to at-risk employees. Learn how you can mitigate your risk of a job-related eye injury, and discover what a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can do to improve your chances of fair compensation if a work-related eye injury does occur. 

The Three Industries Responsible for 40 Percent of Work-Related Eye Injuries 

While work-related eye injuries can occur in almost any industry, approximately 40 percent of them happen in the construction, mining, and manufacturing industries. Ranging in severity, from simple eye strain injuries to severe trauma that may cost a worker their vision, these injuries can often be prevented with proper eyewear, such as safety glasses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that employers are obligated to provide such eye protection whenever there is a known risk of eye injury. As such, injured workers may be eligible for additional compensation if the employer failed to provide the employee with the proper and recommended eye safety gear. 

Protecting Yourself from Eye Injuries in Other Industries 

You do not have to work with chemicals or falling debris to suffer an eye injury. Office workers, nurses, and other individuals who use a computer for most of the day can also suffer from serious and debilitating eye injuries. Thankfully, it is possible for workers to take preventative measures to avoid eye injuries, even if their employer fails to address the issue, such as:

  • Keeping the computer at least 25 inches away from your eyes. This distance amounts to about an arm’s length away. Note that you may need to adjust the font size on your computer to reduce the risk of eye strain while trying to read text on your computer;
  • Adjusting the lighting of either your environment or your computer. If your computer screen is significantly brighter than your surroundings, your eyes must strain to see. Reducing the light on your computer or adding light to your environment can help reduce the level of strain on your eyes;
  • Reducing the glare on your smartphone, tablet, computer, and other digital screens using a matte filter or by adjusting the low light filter on your device.
  • Using the 20-20-20 rule. Staring at a digital screen for hours on end can place significant strain on your eyes. Reduce the amount of strain you place on your eyes by resting them every 20 minutes. Ophthalmologists say you should look at something at least 20 feet away and look at it for at least 20 seconds before returning your eyes to your work.

Contact Our Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for Help with Your Claim

If you or someone you love has suffered from a job-related eye injury, contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio for skilled legal assistance with your claim. Seasoned and experienced, our Cook County workers’ compensation attorney can increase your chances of obtaining full and fair compensation. We can even analyze your case to determine if you may be eligible for an employer or third-party lawsuit. Call 630-574-2288 to schedule your free consultation today.

Sources:

https://nei.nih.gov/sites/default/files/health-pdfs/HVMPreventingInjuries_Tagged.pdf

https://www.ishn.com/articles/103615-of-workplace-eye-injuries-could-be-lessened-or-prevented-with-safety-eyewear-use

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/eyefaceprotection/

https://www.ishn.com/articles/98066-workplace-eye-injuries-by-the-numbers

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21275516

https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2007-05-14

 

Written by Staff Writer

November 20th, 2018 at 9:44 am

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