Eye trauma causes about five percent of irreversible or permanent blindness.
The NHRC, led by Justice a. D. Arun Kumar Mishra has issued a recommendation to the Center, states and Union Territory administrations “to prevent and minimize the effects of eye injuries and to ensure appropriate standardized treatment and rehabilitation of victims of eye injuries. which causes about five percent of irreversible or permanent blindness,” NHRC said in a statement.
The Commission has called for, among several key recommendations, to identify industries with a high potential for eye injuries and other work-related accidents and to make it compulsory for the owners of all such industries employing at least fifty (50) workers to have accident insurance of at least Rs 15 complete lakh for each worker they employ, the statement said.
The establishment of a special fund to provide financial assistance to victims of eye injuries was also recommended.
His advice focused on five key areas for action by the Center, states and UT administrations. These include creating an eye injury database, eye injury prevention and minimization, eye injury treatment, eye injury integrated unit development, and eye injury victim rehabilitation.
The NHRC said the commission observed that traffic accidents (34 percent), sports (29 percent) and jobs (21 percent) were the top contributors to eye injuries. The most reassuring fact, however, is that eye injuries are a preventable cause of blindness.