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Eye injuries are a risk in any work environment

When working in an office, one thing that you have to be cautious of is eye discomfort. The majority of the time, eye discomfort isn't so serious that you need to take time off of work, but it can require medical treatment.

Eye discomfort symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dry eyes
  • Red or pink eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Light sensitivity
  • Pain in the shoulders
  • Pain in the back
  • Pain in the neck
  • Burning in the eyes
  • Eyestrain

All of these symptoms are likely to be produced as part of "computer vision syndrome" or similar issues.

What are the main causes of eye discomfort in an office?

Eye discomfort is normally caused by factors such as:

  • Poor lighting in the office or in work rooms
  • Glare from a computer or tablet screen
  • Poor quality screens that make it hard to read (blurry images, poor resolution)
  • Dry air
  • Poor seating posture
  • Improper viewing distances
  • Air movement

What should you do if you are suffering from eye discomfort in the office or at work?

If you have eye discomfort that you can link to your work environment, talk to your employer. They can help you file a workers' compensation claim, so that your medical care is covered. If there is a specific provider you need to see, your employer should give you their name, so you can make an appointment. If this is an emergency, you can go to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic. Let them know that this is a work-related injury.

How does indoor air quality affect eyesight?

Indoor air quality affects your eyesight in a few ways. You might be exposed in poor air circulation, for example, which then causes your eyes to become dry or to be exposed to dust or other hazards.

Another issue could be indoor air contaminants. Mold, fungi, bacteria, dust, chemicals and other contaminants can affect your eyes and eyesight. In some cases, direct contact can lead to blindness, especially when working with chemicals.

If your vision is being affected by your work in an office or other work environment, let your employer know and seek medical care. Early treatment can help with many eye injuries, and it may help prevent any further loss of vision if you've been exposed to chemicals or other hazards. Your San Diego employer should help you file a claim as soon as possible with their workers' compensation insurance provider, so you can get your care covered.

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