As a child, you may have played a game with friends that involved blindfolding one person who then chased the others around. When it was your turn to wear the blindfold, you may have felt the frustration of being unable to see as your friends laughed and teased you. Despite the fun of the game, you probably felt relieved to remove the blindfold and see the faces of your friends in the light.

If you have suffered an eye injury however, you may wonder if the blindfold will ever come off.

How common are eye injuries?

Work injuries involving the eye are almost entirely preventable. Some studies indicate that workers could have avoided 90 percent of eye injuries with proper eye protection and safety protocol.

Nevertheless, about 2,000 employees a day — one every 45 seconds — suffer some injury to their eyes, totaling about 700,000 injuries each year. You know as well as anyone that such accidents can occur, quite literally, in the blink of an eye.

Avoiding damaging eye injuries

Prevention is the key to any workplace accident, but protecting your vision is often so simple that many overlook the precautions. Some preventative steps may include:

  • Making sure your work space is free from any unstable matter, loose parts, or debris that could fall into your eyes
  • Wearing the best eye protection for your circumstances, even if your assignment does not require it
  • Making sure your eyewear fits well and has no cracks or defects
  • Brushing debris from your hat, clothing and hair before you remove your safety glasses
  • Keeping your hands away from your eyes

If you get a speck in your eye, flushing it with water is recommended in many situations. However, depending on the nature of the object in your eye, water may cause more harm than good. For example, large objects certainly require immediate medical attention.

If you could choose one second in time to return to, you might not choose the time your childhood friends removed the blindfold from your face. Instead, you may choose the moment just before the object landed in your eye, placing your vision at risk. Unfortunately, you cannot undo what has already happened.

If the injury to your eye occurred while you were working, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney can review your situation and advise you concerning your legal options.