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Eye Injury Compensation Calculator

Find out how much you could claim with our eye injury compensation guide.


If you have suffered an eye injury while at work or in your personal life, you may want to consider making a claim for compensation. Eye injuries can have a long-term, negative impact upon someone’s quality of life, as an injury could seriously impact someone’s sight. Therefore, gaining compensation after such an injury could seriously help to lessen the financial burden incurred by this experience. No matter the specific location where your eye injury happened, as long as it wasn’t your fault then you may be able to claim compensation.

Eye injuries can be the result of:

  • scratched cornea
  • chemical substances
  • eye swelling
  • foreign objects

If your accident happened during your personal life, such as a product malfunction that caused material to become stuck in your eye, then you may be able to claim compensation as well. No matter the specific scenario, as long as the accident was not your fault, you may be able to claim.


Many eye injuries can be treated and heal quickly if medical attention is promptly sought. However, eye injuries can have some short-term or long-term consequences which can be quite devastating. For example:

  • Partial loss of sight
  • Detached retina
  • Orbital fractures
  • Psychological trauma
  • Total blindness
  • Pain in one or both eyes
  • Blurred vision in one or both eyes


Eye injuries can come in many different forms and there are many different parts of the eye which can suffer injury or damage. These include:

  • Iris, pupil and cornea – These parts are located at the front of the eye and work together to control the light they allow to reach the lens. As a result of their location, at the front of the eye, these parts can often suffer damage as a result of trauma.
  • Lens – This part focuses the light passing through the iris, pupil and cornea onto your retina, further back in the eye. The shape of the lens is controlled by muscles, and if these muscles or the lens itself is damaged, this can result in loss of sight, temporarily or long term.
  • Retina – Based further back in the eye, the retina is a nerve which reacts to the light provided to it by the lens. It then creates electrical impulses which it passes to the optical nerve.
  • Optical Nerve – This runs from the rear of the eye to the brain. It carries the electrical impulses from the retina to the part of the brain which deals with sight. The brain then processes these impulses into images.

People can injure their eyes in many different ways, but some of the most common injuries are as the result of:

The severity of eye injuries will also vary; minor injuries are likely to cause pain and possibly impaired sight, both in the short term; whereas more serious injuries can result in total and permanent loss of sight in one or both eyes.


The amount of compensation you could be entitled to will depend on the severity of the eye injury itself, the age of the patient and the length of time that they are affected as a result.

Following a medical report prepared by an expert, your condition will usually be categorised into one of the below:

  • Minor eye injuries cause pain or interference with vision, which isn’t permanent. The injured party usually recovers within a few weeks.
  • Minor permanent damage: A permanent minor impairment of vision in one or both eyes.
  • Total loss of sight: Permanent loss of sight in one or both eyes

The compensation calculator below provides an approximate guide to the amount you could receive for your injury alone, based on Judicial College Guidelines. You may also be able to claim for any financial loss sustained as a result of the incident.


Loss of sight

Total loss of sight in one or both eyes £39,270 – £214,210
Minor permanent damage to vision £7,270 – £16,720
Minor eye injury £1,760 – £6,960

The figures are for eye injury only. Compensation for other losses, such as loss of earnings is claimed separately. You should contact an experienced personal injury solicitor for a more accurate idea of how much compensation you may be entitled to.


Our experts at Jefferies Solicitors are well experienced in dealing with a range of different case types. We understand how traumatic sustaining an eye injury can be, so we want to make the process of claiming compensation as stress-free as possible.

At first, we will need some initial details about the specifics of your eye injury and how it has impacted your life.

To learn more and to discuss your potential claim in confidence, contact our team on 0800 342 3206. Alternatively, complete our online contact form to arrange an initial no-obligation telephone consultation with a member of our expert team. 

Where next? Read: How To Claim for Compensation