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Eye Health and the World of Work

The ILO and IAPB have collaborated on Eye Health and the World of Work, a report drawing attention to healthy vision as integral to safety and productivity at work.
International Labour Organization (ILO)

Event Details

Start Time:
5th September 2023 - 5:00 pm
End Time:
5th September 2023 - 6:00 pm
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Join the ILO for a virtual panel event to launch the report and discuss the importance of addressing healthy vision as an occupational safety and health priority.

Work-related visual impairments affect around 13 million workers globally. Visual impairments can lead to decreased access to decent work, hinder inclusion and pose a threat to workers’ long-term health and well-being. People with visual impairments experience a 30% decrease in employment. Poor eye health has a negative impact not only on those directly affected but also on the global economy, costing $411 billion annually in lost productivity, according to The Lancet Global Health Commission.

The panel event will bring together experts in order to:

  • raise awareness of the new report
  • generate dialogue about the challenge of addressing eye health in the work place
  • encourage collaboration between all stakeholders on this important issue, including the eye health sector, employers organizations, workers organization and governments, in order to facilitate progress and work toward implementing the recommendations of the report.


  • Caroline Casey, IAPB President, Founder, Valuable 500
  • Ella Gudwin, CEO, VisionSpring
  • Joaquim Pintado Nunes, Branch Chief, LABADMIN/OSH
  • Manal Azzi, OSH Team Lead and Senior OSH Specialist
  • Francisco Santos-O’Connor, Senior Specialist in OSH
  • Dr Stuart Keel, Technical Officer, Vision and Eye care Programme, WHO