Q My vision has gone downhill since I began working on a computer. Is there a link between eyestrain and vision damage?
Yes. While there are potentially millions of accidents that can cause workers to suffer an eye injury, many vision loss injuries occur as a result of repetition of daily tasks—such as staring at a computer screen for extended periods of time. Even those who stare at paper documents or graphs can suffer near-sightedness or other vision disorders.
Of course, computers are only one source of eyestrain-related vision damage. Employees such as seamstresses, embroiderers, or manufacturers who perform detailed, close-up work are likely to suffer faster degeneration in their vision due to repeated eyestrain. In these cases, blindness robs the worker of the ability to do the job they have done all of their lives—and without the income to treat the injury.
There are many ways employers can reduce the risks of eyestrain-related vision damage. Companies can educate and support employees in taking regular short breaks from computer work to rest the eyes. They can also inform employees about the best monitor position and screen protection to reduce glare and fatigue. Employers may also provide microscopes or magnifying lenses for workers who perform fine-skills tasks, offer regular eye exams, provide worker vision care, and actively promote proper eye health.
Since blindness and other vision disorders can seriously affect a worker’s ability to earn a living, it is vital that you contact a Morristown workers compensation attorney as soon as possible after an eye injury at work. Call Manfred F. Ricciardelli today at 877.360.0183 or click the link above to download our FREE book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.