Tips for Avoiding Work Injuries to the Eye

Injuries in the workplace happen alarmingly frequently, but few realize just how common eye injuries are at work. Nearly 2,000 eye injuries occur daily in the workplace in the United States, and quite a few different things can cause these injuries. Having a few tips to keep your eyes a bit safer should help to keep the eyes of San Diego residents a little safer.


First, make sure you have a safe work environment that will keep your entire body, not merely your eyes safe. Make sure everything is in its place and that you and others use the tools properly. This applies to cubicle life as well. For example, as tempting as it might be, do not shoot rubber bands at one another! Whenever you are working in an environment conducive to eye injuries, make sure you wear the proper protection for your eyes and your face.


Many types of things can happen to your eyes on the job. It’s possible to get small specks of debris in them from tools, dust, etc. If there is a foreign object in the eye, do not try to remove it. Seek medical attention. The same is true if you have a cut on the eye. If there are chemical burns, flush the eye with water and open the eye as wide as possible when flushing. Continue flushing for at least fifteen minutes and seek immediate medical help. For a blow to the eye, apply a cold compress with no pressure. If the pain continues or there is discoloration in the eye get to the doctor.


If you have received an eye injury at work that could have been preventable if the company or other employees weren’t negligent, then get in touch with an attorney for help today. In fact, if you’ve received any type of injury at work, you should speak with a lawyer who can let you know how you should proceed.