Eye Refreshers

Throughout time, humans have wondered how to prevent eye strain. Our understanding of eye strain and its effects have evolved overtime from believing it caused baldness to knowing it leads to issues like physical fatigue, decreased productivity, increased numbers of work errors, and anxiety.

Approximately 80% of Vision Impairment Globally is Considered Avoidable

Approximately 80% of vision impairment globally is considered avoidable. There are effective interventions available to prevent and treat eye diseases (World Health Organziation). [Source]

Digital Eye Strain Can Cause Significant, Frequent, Discomfort For Sufferers And May Have Substantial Economic Consequences

“Given the massive growth in digital device usage in recent years, many millions of individuals of all ages are at risk of digital eye strain. While symptoms are usually transient, the condition can cause significant, frequent, discomfort for sufferers and may have substantial economic consequences when vocational computer users are affected through increased errors and more frequent breaks (Sheppard, Amy L, and James S Wolffsohn)” [Source]

Loss of Vision Among Workers Results in $48 Billion in Lost Productivity Per Year

“The total economic burden of eye disorders and vision loss in the United States in 2013 is $139 billion. This includes $65 billion in direct medical costs due to eye disorders and low vision. Loss of vision among workers results in $48 billion in lost productivity per year, with another $2 billion in opportunity costs due to the need for informal care. Long-term care attributable to vision loss accounts for another $20 billion in costs per year.
(NORC).” [Source]

People Who Look at Screens for 2+ Hours a Day at Risk for Eye Strain

Extended use of computers and other digital devices is one of the most common causes of eyestrain. The American Optometric Association calls this computer vision syndrome, or digital eyestrain. People who look at screens two or more hours in a row every day have the greatest risk of this condition (MayoClinic). [Source]

Organizations Losing More Than $2,000 Per Year Per Employee From Eye Strain

The Kazi Personal Control Lighting Study reports that eye-focusing problems, which can occur with eyestrain and fatigue, may cause employees to lose up to 15 minutes of work time a day. The study reported that this translates into organizations losing more than $2,000 per year per affected employee (Miller). [Source]