If you injure your eye at work, you may lose your vision for weeks due to the injury itself or the patch doctors place over your eye to help it heal. You might even lose your sight for good.
Even simple tasks will become far more challenging or even impossible. Employers must do all they can to prevent eye injuries from happening to their workforce.
How can employers protect your eyes?
They can do two main things: First, they can provide you with protective eyewear such as safety goggles or glasses. These can stop something dangerous from reaching your eye. Secondly, they can isolate the things that pose a danger.
For example, if a particular machine tends to spit out small pieces, anyone working with it should wear eye protection. A screen around the machine can prevent flying pieces from reaching workers who have nothing to do with the machine.
Not all dangers come from solid materials
Chemicals can also pose a threat to workers’ eyes. It can happen if liquid chemicals come into direct contact with the eye. For example, if an employee reaches for a leaking bottle of chemicals on a shelf above their head. Or it can happen if the chemicals are in gas form – think tear gas.
Light is another danger, which is why welders wear protective masks and why pilots fear someone pointing a laser at them in flight. The blue light of computers is also harmful, sometimes causing eye strain and severe headaches that can leave people temporarily unable to work.
Even sunlight can pose a hazard. The UV within it can cause various eye conditions for people who work outdoors, especially if they work on the water, which reflects even more light into their eyes.
If you injure your eyes at work, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders to help them heal and avoid further harm. Getting assistance to claim worker’s compensation can help you cover all the associated costs that will involve.