Often, though not necessarily always, eye injuries are the result of work–related accidents. Common causes include:
- Corneal abrasion (damage to the cornea by small particles)
- Foreign bodies getting stuck in the eye
- Sudden blows to the eye
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Exposure to intense or UV light
Incorrectly fitted or dirty contact lenses, as well as wearing contact lenses for prolonged periods of time may also result in eye injuries.
Accidents at work and the symptoms of eye injuries, like blurred vision
Eye injury symptoms vary slightly depending on the actual injury. Common symptoms experienced with most injuries to the eye, regardless of whether they were incurred in working accidents or elsewhere, consist of:
- Potentially severe eye pain
- Light sensitivity
Symptoms more dependent on the injury in question may include:
- Irregular-shaped/ small pupil
- Deep aches within the brow region or the eye
- Swollen eyelids
- Difficulty in keeping eyes open
- Hyphema (bleeding in frontal section of eyes)
- Double vision
- Shadowy spots/ shapes or flashing lights within the field of vision
One symptom all eye injuries invariably have in common is blurred vision.
Work accidents, eye injuries and the need to seek medical attention
Some workplace accidents affecting the eye may not appear to have caused any serious damage at first glance. It is, however, still necessary to seek medical assistance as soon as possible, in particular if blurred vision is experienced. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, eye injuries are not to be trifled with and, if not dealt with as soon as possible, may ultimately result in partial or complete loss of vision. Secondly, if the accident causing the injury was due to someone else’s fault, the injured individual may wish to claim for compensation, in which case medical records to document the injury and its extent will be required.
Accident Advice Helpline is there to help you and other individuals who have been injured through no fault of their own to get the compensation they deserve. To be eligible to claim injury compensation, you must file your claim within three years of the accident, unless you happened to be a minor at the time. Should this be the case, the time limit may be extended until the day you turn 18. All claims made through this law firm are processed by experienced legal professionals who work for you on a no win, no fee basis.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: January 13, 2014
Author: David Brown