Our eyes are one of the most critical parts of our body, essentially making
day-to-day life possible for the vast majority of people. And yet they
are incredibly delicate, capable of suffering serious and permanent injury
from accidents and incidents that could have been considered relatively
harmless had it affected any other body part.
Common yet serious
eye injuries and vision problems include:
Glaucoma: An injury to the eye may cause it to swell in reaction to the harm. While
a slight amount of eye pressure is normal, too much pressure, known as
glaucoma, can bend or otherwise harm the optic nerve, causing blindness
in the eye. Early symptoms may be undetectable but severe, and corrective
measures may include surgery.
Dryness: Irritation and harm to the eye may cause grating and painful dryness. Damage
to the tear ducts may prevent eyes from watering properly or something
else may be the cause, such as a serious illness. If dryness persists
too long, vision clarity may decrease permanently.
Cataracts: A cloudiness inside the eye’s lens, known as a cataract, can occur
naturally as people age but many are completely preventable. For young
children who have cataracts, it is believed that the leading cause is
head and eye injury. Surgery may be necessary to remove a cataract.
Detached retina: When someone suffers a blow to the head or across the face, the retina
may detach completely from the rest of the eye. This can cause immediate
vision problems, including blindness, in the affected eye.
Excessive tears: While an excess of tears can be helpful when faced with high winds, brightness,
or heat, chronic excessive tearing can be indicative of an underlying
problem, such as an infection, a damaged tear duct, or a wound on the
surface of the eye.
What are the Causes of Eye Injuries?
Many eye injuries and vision problems are not caused naturally or by an
illness but rather by the wrongdoing and negligence of someone else. Impacts
to the head and lacerations, such as can be experienced in a
car accident, remain as one of the leading causes of preventable eye injuries outside
of the workplace. However, according to the United States Department of
Labor, about 1,000 Americans will suffer an eye injury while working
each day, and about 70% of those injuries are caused by flying debris. Due to the
sensitivity of the eye, most eye injuries from debris are caused by microscopic
specks of dangerous materials, such as metal slivers or particles of course sand.
To help prevent eye injuries in the workplace, such as a
construction site, always:
- Wear safety goggles and glasses when necessary.
- Handle, store, and dispose hazardous chemicals properly.
- Wash your hands before touching your face.
Use a hard hat in areas where
objects may fall.
- Look away from welding torches, lasers, and other bright sources of light.
After an Eye Injury Occurs
While being your most careful, it is still possible to suffer a serious
eye injury due to the negligent acts of another party. In such a scenario,
you must determine who exactly is to blame and should be held liable for
the accident. Did a
supervisor not provide you with adequate protective gear? Was it a
distracted driver who swerved into your lane, causing you to strike your head?
Wherever compensation may be sought, it should be, and with the help of
our New York City personal injury attorneys from Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell
& Ryan LLP. We have won more than $500
million for our clients, all fought for using contingency fees and
free case evaluations, meaning our clients don’t owe us anything upfront or at all if
we do not win them a settlement. Call
646.461.4009 today to learn more about our team and legal services.