Most of what we perceive in life comes through our sense of sight. Our eyes are an important part of our health; not only used to see, but to make sense of the world around us. Protecting our eyes and accessing early treatment is critical to preventing some common eye diseases from causing vision loss or blindness.
An estimated 1.5 million Canadians say they live with sight loss, and 5.5 million more have an eye disease. In a 2016 Nanos poll, nearly one million Canadians said they had missed work or school because of vision problems.
As we mark World Sight Day on October 13th, the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness is focusing attention on the importance of eye care. More than a billion people around the world do not have access to the services they need to see clearly.
On this International Day of Awareness, one of the objectives is to encourage leaders to ensure eye care is accessible, inclusive and affordable. Most visual impairments are avoidable but preserving vision and eye health isn’t adequately prioritized by public or private benefits plans.
A majority of Canadians say they have vision issues, but three in ten say they don’t have extended health benefits that cover vision care. Many also don’t have a health spending or flex account with their extended benefits.
Digital eye strain is at an all-time high as many teams continue to work from home. Employees are putting in more hours at the computer, and all that screen time is taking a toll on their eyes.
Common causes of eye strain include glare on a computer screen, poor lighting, and improper viewing distances. As a result, employees can experience dry eyes, blurred vision, light sensitivity, and headaches, which can impact productivity.
Eye care is essential to employee health and to an organization’s bottom line.
Here are 5 reasons why employers should consider offering better vision benefits:
If you have questions about your vision benefits offerings, please contact us so we can work together to create solutions that work best for you and your organization.