- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) - A University of Massachusetts Lowell researcher has received a $1.4 million grant to fund a study into the link between serious eye injuries and lifting heavy objects.

Professor David Kriebel, a faculty member in the school’s Department of Work Environment, is evaluating whether preventable factors such as muscle strain can cause retinal detachment. The retina pulling away from blood vessels is a common medical emergency that can lead to irreversible vision damage.

Kriebel said that if the study confirms the link, his research team will be able to recommend strategies for preventing the injury.

The study will be conducted over four years in collaboration with the Reliant Medical Group of Worcester.

The grant came from the National institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

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