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Poor vision drastically affects the ability of workers to maintain decent employment and costs the global economy at least USD $411 billion in lost productivity every year.

Staying in the workforce longer

Staying in the workforce longer

Image by Graham Coates for Vision Action

Poor eye health represents a burden not only to those who suffer directly, but also to the economy at large. It can stop people accessing decent work and result in lost economic productivity. It is estimated that unaddressed preventable sight loss costs the global economy $US411bn every year in lost productivity alone. The overall relative reduction in employment of people with sight loss in working age is 30%. Women and girls are more likely to develop vision impairment and less likely to get treatment. As a result, they will be less likely to obtain an education and their access to work will be highly limited to the informal sector where they lack adequate social protections. However, a pair of glasses can transform the ability of working age adults to improve productivity up to 32% and increase monthly income by 18-20%. By not addressing eye health, regional and global economies are crippled, inclusion is prevented, and long-term health and well-being are at high risk.

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