Many people don’t imagine calm offices when they think of workplace injuries. As more and more Americans spend their working days in front of a computer, however, digital eyestrain is becoming a bigger issue across the nation.
According to the American Optometric Association, computer vision syndrome, is a group of symptoms that can develop from prolonged exposure to digital screens — whether they be computers, e-readers, tablets or smartphones. Luckily, most of the issues described by this syndrome are temporary and will cease when the worker stops using the device. However, some employees may find some symptoms, such as blurred vision, to be chronic. The AOA cautions that the symptoms will recur or progress if the cause of the problems is not addressed.
If someone suspects they have CVS, an eye care professional can diagnose the syndrome and work with them to develop a plan to alleviate or possibly eliminate their symptoms. Some of the general steps a doctor may recommend include using an antiglare screen, consciously taking time to rest the eyes during long periods of work and blinking regularly.
Workplace injuries can cause significant pain and financial stress. If someone has developed symptoms from CVS or any other workplace injury, they should be aware of their legal options. In the case of a workers’ compensation claim, it must be proven that the injury took place while on the job. Workplace injury lawyers may assess a victim’s case and develop a civil claim or workers’ compensation claim. A lawyer may be able to get the employer to settle a workers’ compensation claim, but one should bear in mind that accepting a settlement waives any right to a civil claim.