Many Minnesota residents expect to earn a living from their jobs, not deal with the aftermath of workplace injuries. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for the estimated 3 million people who sustain injuries while working. Some injuries can affect one part of the body, including your eyes.
Types of workplace eye injuries
Injuries involving the eyes can happen in many ways. An example of a mild injury can involve eye strain from long periods spent looking at a computer screen, smartphone or tablet. Beyond strained eyes, situations can become much more painful and dangerous.
Chemicals and flying objects cause more severe eye injuries. When chemicals, corrosive liquids, and other potentially dangerous liquids spill, these substances can splash back into the eyes. People working with machinery or tools can also suffer eye injuries. Eye injuries caused by flying objects can include, but aren’t limited to:
- Pieces of broken glass
- Ejected metal from malfunctioning equipment
- Wood chips or shavings
- Airborne tools like screwdrivers or wrenches
- Chipped cement
How to avoid eye injuries while working
Fortunately, the best way to prevent eye injuries is simple: wear eye protection. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, wearing proper protection like goggles or safety glasses can prevent up to 90% of all eye-related workplace injuries. Plus, protecting workers’ eyes can save companies millions in potential workers’ compensation claims.
If you suffer an eye-related injury at work, seek medical attention immediately. Having a medical expert assess your injuries can help you obtain pain relief while protecting your long-term vision. Keep accurate medical treatment records and receipts – these are useful if you seek damages against your employer.