Eyeglasses Improve Quality of Life and Work Productivity

Eyeglasses Improve Quality of Life and Work Productivity

by Ella Gudwin

“I was always afraid that due to blurred vision I may lose my job,” confides Hafiza, a sewing machine operator in Bangladesh. “I would continue working even with minor injuries to my fingers caused by the needle.”

Hafiza is not alone in her struggle to work with blurry vision. Globally, one-third of workers have uncorrected vision (Vision Impact Institute, 2012) and most of them do not have access to eyecare services through workplace wellness efforts.

Results from a randomized trial that we conducted with Queens University Belfast, Clearly and Orbis, indicate that simple reading glasses generate the largest recorded productivity increase from any health intervention, as published in the Lancet Global Health (2018).

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