Chemical burns to the eyes are a severe but often overlooked risk for people who use chemicals for any use, including cleaning or for work. Chemical eye burns can be devastating because they can lead to serious vision changes.
In some cases, permanent blindness can occur. For some, changes in their ability to see can mean they’re unable to work. Learning a bit about chemical eye burns may be beneficial for everyone who’s exposed to chemicals.
The types of chemicals involved
Various chemicals can cause eye burns. Acidic substances like battery fluid can cause significant harm, but alkali substances like bleach and ammonia often lead to more severe, irreversible damage. The severity of the injury can also depend on the concentration of the chemical and the duration of contact. One of the most important things you can do if you’re working with chemicals is understand what precautionary measures you should take. You should also review the first aid for the chemical so you know what to do if it comes into contact with your eyes.
Long-term consequences and prevention
The long-term consequences of chemical eye burns can be devastating, including potential vision loss or even blindness. This impacts the quality of life for the injured worker and can also lead to long-term disability claims. Preventative measures such as using protective eyewear is vital in reducing the risk of such incidents.
Chemical eye burns can lead to severe vision issues, including blindness. Individuals who are unable to work due to severe vision changes may opt to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to help cover their living expenses. Working with someone familiar with this process might make it easier for you.