Your eyes are one of the most vulnerable parts of your body and are highly susceptible to injury, especially at work. While you may not think this topic pertains to you, research suggests that it is a more common occurrence than you may realize. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 20,000 eye injuries occur in the workplace each year. Another study reports that 2,000 people each day suffer an eye injury on the job and 10-20% of the time, that injury results in missed days at work and temporary or permanent vision loss. 
Not surprisingly, those with the highest risk of sustaining an eye injury are employed in the fields of manufacturing, landscaping, construction or other trades. On the other hand, most people don’t realize that nearly 40 percent of work-related eye injuries occur in healthcare facilities, laboratories and office settings.
Computer vision syndrome is not a myth. It’s actually one of the most commonly reported injuries amongst business professionals. Think about how much time you spend looking at your computer screen. Have you ever experienced headaches, neck pain, back strain, and strained vision?
March is Workplace Eye Health & Safety Month and Sheeley Law would like to offer a few important tips to help protect your eyes and avoid a work-related eye injury:
Always wear the necessary protective eyewear for your job, at all times.
If working in an area with particles, dust or flying debris, make sure your safety glasses have side shields.
If your job requires you to be in front of a computer,
Sit at arm’s length from the screen,
Adjust the lighting in the room,
Remember the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take your eyes off the screen and look at an object at least 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds,
Keep your eyes hydrated by using artificial tears and, remember to blink!
If you were injured on the job, it is important that you understand and protect your rights. Most employees in Rhode Island are covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance. However, insurance companies want to keep their claim costs low, and they may deny legitimate claims or terminate benefits before the injured party has fully recovered.
Attorney Ann Sheeley has over 25 years of experience handling Workers’ Compensation cases. She will evaluate your specific situation, explain your rights and help ensure you get all of the benefits you are entitled to receive. For a free consultation, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-619-5555.