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How likely are eye injuries at work?

On Behalf of | Mar 2, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

When you think about workers’ compensation claims, you likely think of individuals working in high-risk industries who suffer broken bones, head trauma or a potentially life-threatening injury. 

However, the CDC estimates that approximately 2,000 workers in the United States experience eye injuries that require medical treatment. It is also estimated that over 100 of these injuries require workers to spend at least one day away from work.  

What leads to eye injuries on the job?

OSHA requires employers to provide eye protection to workers in certain industries. Unfortunately, many workers who experience eye injuries were never issued the required PPE (personal protective equipment) from their employer. Even if they were issued the eyewear, some workers fail to wear it to prevent these injuries. 

An increased rate of digital eye strain

While eye injuries often occur when something gets in the eye or if the eye is struck, a new type of eye injury has emerged in recent years. Those who work at computers and use other digital screens can experience vision and other eye problems classified as “digital eye strain.” To help prevent this type of injury and a workers’ compensation claim, it is recommended that workers take breaks and follow the 20-20-20 rule, which includes looking away from the screen at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes of work. This allows the eyes time to reset and recover and helps prevent issues. 

Recovering benefits for work-related eye injuries

If you experience a work-related eye injury, you may not be able to return to work for days, weeks or longer. You can file a workers’ compensation claim to recover medical costs and lost wages in this situation. Knowing your legal rights in this situation is beneficial to ensure you get the deserved benefits. 

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