When we consider accidents at work, it is not often we consider eye strain as a potential occupational ailment. However, in this day and age, with the majority of workers required to work on computers or operate mobile devices, eye strain is a very real work-related risk. With this in mind, knowing how to treat eye strain is important.
What are the symptoms of eye strain?
Everybody’s eyes feel heavy towards the end of the day, no matter what the day has thrown your way. Knowing the difference between tired eyes and eye strain is important if you are to appropriately treat eye strain.
Eye strain is generally caused by overuse of the eyes, whether this is due to prolonged periods of use or use in difficult conditions. This can be when undertaking typical office-related duties, such as writing or reading, to the more tech-savvy tasks involving computer or tablet use.
How you treat eye strain depends on the symptoms you are experiencing. Some of the common symptoms of eye strain include, but are not limited to:
- Sensitivity to light
- Dry eyes
- Sore eyes
- Irritated, ‘itchy’, eyes
- Watery eyes
- Tense brow
- Impaired vision, including blurred or double vision
How to treat eye strain
First and foremost when attempting to treat eye strain, you should immediately rest the eyes. You cannot treat eye strain while working, or continuing to put pressure on the organ.
Applying a damp, warm towel to closed eyes can help ease dry and aching eyes.
Speak with your employer regarding this occupational ailment and discuss the possibility of a humidifier being installed near to your workspace. This can treat eye strain by adding moisture to the air.
It is also possible to treat eye strain with artificial tears. Depending on the severity of your condition, speak with either your GP or pharmacist, who will be able to assist you.
Claiming compensation for work accidents
If you have suffered occupational injury or illness through no fault of your own, and you believe someone else is liable, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and distress you have endured.
For more information, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience. Call us at a time suited to you, on freephone number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice