How Does Lead Poisoning Affect Eye Health?

By WRSH on March 2, 2015 - Comments off

NY Lead PoisoningMarch is Workplace Eye Safety Awareness Month. While many New York employers and employees spend this month thinking about how to reduce risks and increase the use of eye protection, fewer New Yorkers are aware of the risks of lead poisoning and other heavy metal exposure on eye health.

The fact is that exposure to lead can greatly affect vision, including the development of the eye. Lead poisoning is known to have severe effects on the human nervous system and brain processing. Although the eye itself is not part of the nervous system, it is connected to the brain by the optic nerve, and all the information that the eye receives is transferred to the brain for processing. This makes vision a cognitive process that can be impaired by lead poisoning in a number of ways.

Studies of lead exposure and eye health have revealed that when a person has lead poisoning, they may experience problems with vision, including difficulty seeing in low light, blurred vision, and chronic eye irritation. An increased risk of suffering cataracts or optic neuritis has also been identified in some studies. Although lead may have medical uses in preventing or treating some eye diseases, according to some studies, its use as a treatment must always be monitored and supervised carefully by a qualified physician.

Lead poisoning may easily be caused by a defective product that contains excessive levels of lead. Children are at a high risk for lead poisoning because their various bodily systems, including their eyes, are still developing. If you or someone you love has been injured by lead, contact the experienced New York lead injury lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP today.

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