Blindness is considered a disability. For employees in California, it means that this physical condition can not discriminate against them. During October, Blindness Awareness Month is dedicated to bringing a heightened focus on the challenges that blind people face in their everyday activities, especially in their jobs. 

Eye injuries or diseases are widespread; according to the World Health Organization (WHO), around the globe an estimated 2.2 billion people suffer from some form of visual impairment or blindness. This physical condition could appear at any age and for many different reasons. Some people are born blind, but many get blind at other ages. Some common causes are genetic conditions and work or personal injuries.

Here are some safety tips for maintaining your eyes safe:

#1 If you have diabetes or your parents are, you should watch your sugar. ​People with diabetes are at least 25 times more likely to develop blindness or visual impairment than non-diabetics.

​#2 If you touch your eyes, please wash your hands. This simple action prevents the spreading of bacteria and germs, which can lead to pink eye, colds, and other ailments.

​#3 Avoid injuries by protecting your eyes by wearing sunglasses. These can help you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays by wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.

​#4 Avoid spending many consecutive hours in front of your electronic devices. Take frequent breaks to focus on a far-away object; adjust brightness, and use soothing eye drops as needed.

#5 Take at least annually check outs. You can prevent eye disorders if you find them with time. 

What to do if you are discriminated against in the workplace?

If you are experiencing discrimination at work, Aiman-Smith & Marcy want to help you. Contact our labor and employment lawyer to find out how we can help you protect your rights and pursue justice. You don’t have to accept discrimination, and we can help you hold those responsible accountable.