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Eye injuries: How they happen and how you can prevent them

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

There are many different kinds of eye injuries that you could suffer on the job. From lacerations to bruising to exposure to chemicals, your eyes and sight could be at risk.

If you suffer a work-related injury that results in the loss of your vision or an injury to your eye or eyes, then you should be compensated through workers’ compensation. If you are denied, you have a right to appeal that decision.

What are some of the most common causes of eye injuries on the job?

Some of the most common reasons people suffer from eye injuries on the job include:

  • Exposure to chemicals, such as highly acidic or highly alkaline substances. These are toxic to the eye and may cause chemical burns.
  • Foreign bodies, such as splinters, dust or other debris. These particles may lead to cuts, inflammation and other issues.
  • UV exposure. Sun exposure can damage the eyes. Workers who are often outside, as well as those using welding tools or germicidal lasers, may be exposed to large amounts of UV lighting.
  • Blunt-force injuries, such as trauma from falling onto a hard object.
  • Penetrating injuries, such as those suffered by falling onto a sharp object.

All of these are potential causes of eye injuries on the job that workers should be aware of. If they are hurt, then they should seek medical attention as soon as they can. Eye injuries may lead to lasting damage and disability depending on how they were caused and how fast treatment is made available.

What can you do to prevent eye injuries on the job?

If you want to prevent eye injuries on the job, the best thing you can do is to wear the right personal protective equipment (PPE), such as goggles or face shields, when needed. If you’ll be working around chemicals, make sure you have a chemical eyewash station nearby or use a respirator to prevent exposure.

If you are hurt, remember that you should seek medical care immediately. If this happened at work, then your employer should help you start a workers’ compensation claim. If they do not, then your attorney may be able to step in and help.