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Vision Screening Your Workforce

by Hanson Medical Systems

There are many things your employees do that jeopardize the health of their eyes. Staring at computers or other digital devices for long hours can contribute to decreasing vision. However, other common issues like diet, eye strain, rubbing of the eyes, and refusal to wear corrective eyewear when needed can also result in poor eye health. Vision screening your workforce has benefits not only for employee wellness but for the overall quality and productivity of your workforce. Here is everything you need to know about this helpful tool.

What is Vision Screening?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 14 million people are struggling with their vision, seeing at a visual acuity of only 20/50 or worse. In a perfect world, we would all see 20/20, the baseline referred to as “normal vision.”

For individuals with 20/50 acuity, they would have to stand within a range of 20 feet to see what someone with “perfect” vision would see clearly see at a distance of 50 feet. This may not sound like a big deal, but the difference between 20/20 and 20/50 can be substantial. For example, we must score at least 20/40 in order to obtain a driver’s license, and we need an acuity of at least 20/80 to see objects like an alarm clock up to ten feet away.

Vision screening includes the process of finding someone’s visual acuity. This usually happens with the help of a Snellen chart, one of the characteristic charts that eye doctors or health screening companies use, with the large “E” front and center, followed by other letters. How well you see the varying fonts on the chart determines your visual acuity.

This test takes just a few moments and gives employees immediate insight into the health of their eyes. Although this simple test is not enough to give someone a prescription for glasses or contacts, abnormal results prompt an individual to follow up with an eye care professional who can then provide corrective aids.

How Vision Screening Helps Corporate Wellness

Impaired vision impacts your employees’ quality of work and physical health. Straining to see documents or computer screens can result in poor posture, back pain, headaches, fatigue, and overall frustration. If driving is a part of your employees’ roles, not seeing clearly not only puts them and other drivers at risk, but also makes your company liable in the event of an accident.

In most cases, correcting bad vision is a simple fix. A quick glasses or contact prescription is often all that is needed to improve the quality of your employees’ work and the productivity of your staff. With clear vision, the physical symptoms associated with poor eye health improve, boosting corporate wellness and causing less pain, aggravation, and fatigue in your workplace.

Vision screening helps your employees stay on top of their eye health. Decreasing vision typically occurs gradually, and is often dismissed as “tired eyes” or “aging.” The simplicity of vision screening makes it an ideal service to provide during health fairs, or as part of any office wellness programs your company offers.

Alert your employees to any changes in their vision without them having to take time off work for optometry appointments. You can give them the opportunity to improve the quality of their personal and professional life starting today! Contact Hanson Medical Systems, Inc. for more information.

 

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