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What happens when you work so hard your eyes hurt?

On Behalf of | Jan 29, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

Employee dangers typically vary by industry. However, even those employed in a seemingly safe position could suffer from a work-related illness or injury.

Jobs that primarily require computer work, for example, can create vision concerns. Although eye discomfort could potentially indicate a serious health condition, eyestrain can often be addressed through at-home remedies and rest.

Eyestrain is common among employees with digital tasks

Fatigue and trouble concentrating can be problematic – not only because of irritation, but also from a productivity standpoint. If your job requires extended screen time, long driving distances or continued exposure to dry forced heat, you can communicate with your employer to see if they’re willing to make arrangements for increased comfortability.

Since digital devices are the most common source of eyestrain, you could try to reduce minor annoyances by changing the angle of your screens to reduce glare, taking regular breaks and using lubricating eye drops. Problems that persist and affect your ability to work may require a professional evaluation.

Five indications that seeking medical care may be necessary

See your optometrist if you begin to experience symptoms such as:

  • Blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to bright light
  • An itching or burning sensation in your eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Headaches

He or she can determine whether you’re experiencing minor, temporary discomfort, or if your eyes are notifying you of a more serious condition.

Eyestrain may qualify employees for workers’ compensation benefits. Instead of trying to work through discomfort, addressing your concerns could provide immediate relief and help you maintain your vision – both during office hours and beyond.