OSHA ranks computer vision issues as top office complaint

On behalf of Rawson, Merrigan, & Litner, LLP Posted in Firm News on 07/11/12

According to a ranking compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, computer vision issues top the list of health-related office complaints. The National Eye Institute also recently released data showing a 66% increase in the prevalence of myopia in the 25 years since the advent of the personal computer. Eyestrain has also been linked with an increased risk of glaucoma.

Does this mean that computer manufacturers are producing dangerous products? Well, that question may ultimately have to be answered by a jury in a product liability lawsuit. At a minimum, however, such a dispute might bring some interesting facts to the attention of Boston’s readers.

For example, eye strain after computer use may be caused by several sources. One source is the type of artificial light used. To reduce the amount of energy consumed, screen manufacturers use very narrow bands of the visual spectrum to light computer screens. That harsh artificial light may strain users’ eyes. In addition, many computer LCD screens are almost all backlit with fluorescent light, which is also harsh on the eyes.

Generally speaking, a consumer can expect that his or her reasonable use of a product will not cause injuries. That expectation includes the product’s design, its manufacturing and production, and any marketing and advertising (including a failure to warn about potential hazards associated with the use of the product).

Even the best-designed product may fail if there was negligence involved in its installation, or if your employer caused you to use the product in an unsafe way. If you suspect that your injury was caused by an unsafe product, an attorney can guide you through the process of determining which entity is liable for the cost of fixing that problem and paying you a recovery for any injuries sustained.

Source: Huffington Post, “Overworked Eyes: Will Your Computer Make You Go Blind?” Robert Joyce, July 5, 2012