It is reported that each year over 25,000 people end up in the emergency room due to workplace eye injuries, but not all workplace eye injuries lead to emergency room visits, which means that the number of annual workplace eye injuries is significantly higher than that number. Sometimes eye injuries develop over time and yes, even people with desk jobs may develop workplace eye injuries. Los Angeles employers workers’ compensation defense attorneys know that defending workers’ compensation claims often begins with employers taking important safety precautions to prevent employee injuries.
The National Eye Institute recommends that employers take precautions to keep the workplace safe and reduce employees’ risk of visual impairment and blindness. See below for a summary of recommended precautions.
Blue light is known to damage eyes by causing digital eye strain and retinal damage. Sunlight is a large source of blue light and employees who work outside especially, should take precautions to protect their eyes from the sunlight. Blue light also comes from screen exposure including smartphones, tablets, and computers and that puts office workers at risk of blue light eye injuries as well.
In order to protect employees from digital eye strain, you may provide computer screen protections and encourage employees to take breaks from the screen. Computer screens should be positioned an arms length from employees. Glare reduction screen filters are also helpful. And for a newer digital eye strain solution, encourage employees to wear computer glasses that have an anti-reflective coating to soften the glare of indoor and outdoor lighting.
Common workplace eye injuries include the following:
Preventing and reducing workers’ compensation claims for eye injuries
The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that 90% of workplace eye injuries could be prevented by employees simply wearing eye protection when eye injury risks are present. This is why it is so important to take the aforementioned safety precautions: prove eye safety information to employees, offer protective wear, and implement policies requiring employees to wear eye protection when there is a risk of injury.
If you are defending a workers’ compensation claim for a workplace eye injury or any other type of injury, contact a Los Angeles employers workers’ compensation defense attorney at Sacks & Zolonz, LLP to schedule a consultation.