Vision & Opportunity
Upwards of 80% of vision problems are preventable or reversible if detected early
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States for adults age 20-65.
Nearly 1 in 3 Americans have some form of diabetes and living in a poor community increases the risk of disease.
(CDC & American Journal of Public Health)
The average annual earnings of individuals with visual impairment is about 31% lower than those without visual impairments.
($19,714 vs $31,053) (McNeil, 2001)
In 2013, a stunning 64% of people (aged 16-64) with vision impairment were not working compared to 28% of the general population. Similarly, the unemployment rate for visually impaired individuals was over 2x that of the general population.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Studies have found that the majority of people who work with computers or those with visually demanding occupations, experience some eye or vision symptoms.
Work that is visually fatiguing ostensibly results in lowered productivity, increased error rate and reduced job satisfaction.
Steps should be taken to reduce the potential for development of stress and related ocular and physical discomfort in the workplace.
(American Optometric Association)