Remember Eye Safety at Work During March’s Workplace Eye Wellness MonthBy Katherine L on March 20, 2019 | In Workers Compensation
Have you ever thought about eye safety at work? Many of us would discount the importance of eye safety, but in reality, more than 2,000 Americans suffer an eye injury every day! This results in vision loss which leads to medical expenses, Workers’ Compensation and more than $300 million in lost work time!
During Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, it’s important to realize that eye injuries at work can cause harm ranging from simple eye strain to serious trauma that may result in vision loss, permanent eye damage and blindness.
Guard Your Eyes at Work with the Right Protective Eyewear
Wearing the right eye protection for your job and environment can actually prevent more than 90% of serious eye injuries.
Watch out for eye dangers such as:
- Flying bits of metal and glass
- Welding areas
Protect your eyes by keeping aware of the eye safety dangers at work; use screens or engineering controls to eliminate eye hazards before starting work; wear the proper eye protection. Eye protection must be compliant with OSHA regulations – for example, safety goggles with side protection should be worn where there are particles, flying objects or dust. Wear goggles if you are working with chemicals and, near hazardous radiation, use special-purpose goggles, face shields or helmets.
If you injure an eye at work, go to the emergency room or your ophthalmologist right away. Any delay in medical care may cause permanent vision loss.
Learn more at this OSHA Eye Protection website.
Office Work Can Result in Eye Injury Too
Don’t be fooled into thinking that work-related eye injuries are limited to those in construction work, landscaping, the chemical industry and manufacturing. Working in an office can be hazardous to your eyesight too.
Computer vision syndrome can make your eyes feel fatigued and irritated. Without enough breaks, you may experience headache, neck pain, back strain and dry eye.
You can prevent computer-related eye problems by placing your screen at the right angle and away from a direct light source. Use an anti-glare screen. Rest your eyes every 20 minutes by looking at an object at least 20 feet away for about 20 seconds.
Blink often to prevent dry eyes or use an over-the-counter artificial tears product. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Most importantly, visit your licensed ophthalmologist regularly for a comprehensive eye exam, and reach out for him or her immediately if you detect any problem.
Let Us Help with Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.