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A Successful School Year Begins with a Proper Vision Screening

For both parents and children, back-to-school season can be a bittersweet time of the year. Those peaceful end of July/August evenings blissfully leads you into the start of a brand new school year. But unfortunately, before you know it the first day of school is suddenly this upcoming Monday. How did that happen? You’ve been sitting around watching the news on Sunday evenings only to be interrupted every 15 minutes by a Staples or Target advert reminding you to get your back-to-school shopping done while the sales still last. And on top of that you’ve been receiving bi-weekly letters from your children’s schools reminding you to get them to the doctor’s office for their yearly physicals, dental checkups, and – most importantly, of course – their vision exams, so nothing will stand in the way of their learning. But did you actually remember to do any of that yet? Well, if you’re anything like my parents were, chances are you didn’t and the last weekday before the start of the school year is a chaos-ridden extravaganza, consisting of having just about every back-to-school errand known to mankind to do in just that one day. But what if I were to tell you that you could enjoy the end of your summer, and still get at least one of those tasks – obviously the most important one – checked off your to-do list? (Hint: it’s the vision exam – big surprise there).

With the Smart Vision Exam, anyone from the ages of 12 to 65 can get their vision tested in as little as 5 minutes. With no appointment necessary, that maximum 10-minute trip to a Smart Vision Exam site will not cut into any of the time reserved for impatiently waiting for your daughter to make the life-or-death decision over which set of highlighters to buy at Staples. Super important stuff. So with that quick and convenient trip for a vision screening, you will then receive an updated prescription in as little as 24 hours. Might as well even get one for yourself while you’re at it.

Many schools offer in-school vision screenings at the start of the year, the ones I attended included. But often times, the person administering the exam – typically the school nurse – is not a trained professional. The margin of error on an improper vision exam consisting of just reading a snellen chart is remarkably high. This type of in-school screening is in no way a sufficient alternative for a proper vision exam, as in most cases, the person administering the test is not well-equipped to detect the patient’s refractive error. Full disclosure: I went to public school in the early 2000s and perhaps this is just commentary on the fact that my school nurse was one of my classmate’s unqualified grandmothers who had a little too much free-time to offer up. Regardless, I passed the in-school screenings with flying colors. It wasn’t until I received a proper vision exam that I realized I had been walking around for years with a -1.50 error in both eyes. Thanks, Nurse Janet.

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At developing ages where eyesight is likely to change frequently, getting your vision checked is especially crucial. With the help of Dr. Mark Rosenfield and the SUNY College of Optometry, we conducted a clinical study to test our SVOne autorefractor in its ability to measure refractive error in a pediatric population. The results concluded that the device is more than capable of doing so, and might even be a better option for pediatric patients. The American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as other ophthalmological organizations, recommend a handheld autorefractor for measuring such error as, “it is quick, requires minimal cooperation from the child and is especially useful in the preverbal, preliterate, or developmentally delayed child.” The clinical study also reiterates that given that most in-school screenings are performed by school nurses and/or volunteers untrained to perform retinoscopy, handheld autorefraction can be a very valuable and important asset to ensure proper exam results. You don’t say.

Aside from the benefits of accurate vision-screening results, the Smart Vision Exam is perfectly suited for the reluctant-to-go-to-the-doctor’s-office type of child. Another full disclosure: I was that child. Upon my first trip to the optometrist for a proper vision-screening and eye exam, the dilating eye drops, the puff of air test for eye pressure, and even just the overall extremity of the machines in the optometrist’s office gave me some substantial anxiety. And, as is the case for many healthy children, I had no signs pointing towards eye disease and left the office – with remarkably dilated pupils, I might add – only having needed a pair of glasses.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology claims that in the young adult, the rate of development for significant eye disease is very low until the age of 40, at which it then begins to steadily increase. Additionally, they recommend only one comprehensive medical eye exam at some point before reaching the age of 40. A routine comprehensive exam under that age unnecessarily escalates the cost of eye care, when a simple vision screening will more than suffice. So if stuck with an “I refuse to go the doctor” type of child, consider just simply visiting an optical store carrying the Smart Vision Exam, where they will be tested by a device that looks like a glorified iPhone, be in and out in about 5-10 minutes, and you’ll be free of that obligation for a guilt-ridden trip to the ice cream parlor after a doctor’s appointment. Not to mention it’s substantially cheaper than a comprehensive eye exam. Seems like a rather obvious decision.

Before you know it, summer is going to be over, school will resume, and morning commutes to work are going to hampered by yellow school buses’ and their impressive ability to always drive well below the speed limit. Back-to-school errands are already stressful and time-consuming enough. Let the Smart Vision Exam facilitate at least just one of those. Amidst that back-to-school craze, don’t brush aside the importance of vision testing. With our exam, you’ll have plenty of time left to enjoy your last summer days. And if you’re lucky, you might even save yourself some more time for that coveted errand of school-supply shopping.

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Issy Bonebrake is a born-again New Yorker living down in the Village. She considers herself to be a self-proclaimed, cautiously optimistic futurist. As a classic rock aficionado, she enjoys binge watching rockumentaries from the coziness of her less than 500 square footage apartment. Issy was 8 years old when she realized the remarkable incompetence of in-school vision screenings.

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Spanish Language Support Now Available for Smart Vision Labs

Breaking Down the Barriers to Vision Care

Breaking Down the Barriers to Vision Care

This week, Smart Vision Labs launched a bilingual option to the telemedicine platform, with the addition of a Spanish version of the vision test. As we continue to expand and as the adoption of our platform steadily increases, we released the bilingual platform to support our Spanish-speaking customers in the United States and our international partners. Far too many people, both those in developing countries and even here in the U.S., are up against barriers preventing them from receiving proper vision care. And here at Smart Vision Labs, we are – figuratively speaking – actively tearing down those barriers.

As of 2016, the U.S. Census reported that the number of native-Spanish speakers in the U.S. reached just over 56 million, making up 17% of our population. And according to an American Community Survey report, 29% of Hispanics say they do not speak English well, and a surprising 18% say they do not speak it at all. Consider that before you spend 4 years in college studying some other foreign language to end up only remembering how to order a drink at a bar. How useful.

The immigrant population is continuing to grow, especially the Spanish-speaking population. With English being far from an easy language to learn, we recognized the importance to adapt to the changing status of our population. With this growing population comes the need for more access to healthcare, and specifically to vision care. The number of people living with uncorrected vision is astounding. Through our own research, we discovered that around 25% of people on the road would fail the DMV vision test. What a reassuring statistic that is… With the release of our Spanish version of the vision exam, we’re hoping that we might begin to mitigate this rather large problem as more people will have easy access to proper vision testing.

But in the grand scheme of things, in the U.S., the Spanish version of the exam will help somewhere between 18-29% of the 56 million Spanish-speakers living here. That’s only roughly 3-5% of the entire U.S. population (18% and 29% multiplied by that 17% above for those not mathematically inclined). So let’s not focus on the potential changes to come to vision care in the U.S., but rather the remarkable, positive changes we foresee in vision correction in South America and other Spanish-speaking countries.

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According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 285 million people worldwide are visually impaired, and about 90% of those people live in low-income settings. However, over 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured. This means that – in a perfect world – we could reduce visual impairment to 57 million people (more math: 285 times 20%). Now I’m not saying this is likely going to happen. Nonetheless, we’re determined to try.

Let’s take a look at Mexico specifically. Optometry Giving Sight estimates that there are 49 million people in Mexico suffering from vision impairment, many because they simply do not have access to vision exams. Another study, conducted by the Pacific University College of Optometry on a humanitarian mission in Mexico, discovered that 60% of those in the study with visual acuity approaching 20/200 could have improved vision through corrective lenses or glasses. Additionally, 50% of all participants in the study showed visual acuity approaching 20/70, and almost 96% of those were corrected that day with lenses. The fundamental problem with vision care in Mexico is the lack of legislation surrounding it. There is little to no repercussion for inaccurate or poor-quality refracting within the country. And without any recourse or system in place to “quality check”, visual impairment in Mexico is seemingly inevitable.*

This is precisely what we at Smart Vision Labs are trying to change by bringing effective and accurate refracting to the country. With our partnerships, and with the potential to expand substantially thanks to the Spanish version of the exam, we’re confident that we will begin to see the percentage of people in Mexico with corrected vision trending upwards. The census in Mexico estimates that only 5% of citizens speak English. Other sources have pointed towards numbers around 12%. Take from that what you wish. Bottomline is that it’s a very low percentage, so let’s not be pedantic about the exact number.

With the release of the Spanish-language vision exam, we plan to attract an increasingly larger customer-base, those that we were potentially missing before due to language barriers. Additionally, with the convenience of an exam requiring no appointment, we continue to try to eliminate other minor barriers preventing people from receiving vision exams. Going forward we plan to increase the number of languages on our telemedicine platform to provide people all over the world access to our vision exam. So keep an eye out. Who knows, maybe someday those years spent studying a foreign language might just finally come in handy.

Issy Bonebrake is a born-again New Yorker living down in the Village. She considers herself to be a self-proclaimed, cautiously optimistic futurist. As a classic rock aficionado, she enjoys binge watching rockumentaries from the coziness of her less than 500 square footage apartment. Issy spent 5 years studying Italian. It has yet proven to be at all useful to her.

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Smart Vision Labs Releases New e-Book on Nine Reasons to Add On-Site Vision Exams to Your Employee Wellness Program

New York, NYFebruary 2, 2016, Smart Vision Labs (, the world leaders in providing telehealth eye exams, released a new ebook outlining 9 important reasons companies should add on-site vision screenings to their employee wellness programs. The free e-book, “Nine Big-Payback Reasons to Add Vision Coverage to Your Employee Wellness Program,” is available for free download from the site:

According to Jennifer Mele, Director of Business Development, there is compelling data contained in the e-book that will resonate with corporate benefits managers. “Some benefits professionals may not be aware  that 79% of employees suffer from at least one daily vision disturbance (like headaches or eyestrain) at work. Or that employees lose 60 hours of productivity each year because of eye-focusing issues. How much of the $22 billion lost annually in the United States from uncorrected vision is coming straight off their company’s bottom line? These statistics don’t just affect one company – they affect them all!”

Mele cites a recent study which revealed that only 37.3% of employees with vision insurance actually used it during a 2-year period. And the two biggest reasons employees don’t get their vision tested turns out to be that vision exams are perceived as time-consuming and inconvenient. The e-book includes data from these studies, along with suggestions as to how to overcome these barriers to employee health and productivity.

Smart Vision Labs works with companies interested in offering on-site vision testing as part of, or to supplement, their corporate wellness program. Wellness screenings are an extension of Smart Vision Labs expanding telemedicine network of stores in NY and CA who are offering on-site Smart Vision Exams. The Smart Vision Exam uses the same advanced technology developed for LASIK to capture a person’s vision correction prescription. The data is sent to a remote network of eye doctors who provide new or updated eyeglass prescriptions. The whole vision test takes about 5 minutes and customers can access their prescription online, within 24 hours. The Smart Vision exam measures a customer’s visual acuity, refractive error, pupillary distance, and current prescriptions (if applicable), while also collecting answers to basic health questions. The test is available to healthy adults between 18-60. If customers haven’t had a full eye exam within the last two years a full eye health exam is recommended.

With Smart Vision Lab’s new 5-Minute Vision Exams, companies can offer their employees a solution that is easy and convenient for their employees, and affordable to the company. In the United States alone, 240 million Americans are in need of vision correction, but only 114 million eye exams are performed yearly. On average there is one eye doctor for every 5,000 people. Personalizing telemedicine promotes ownership of one’s own medical data, and with Smart Vision Labs, prescriptions are always accessible with a click of a button.

The growing network of partners offering 5-Minute Vision Exams currently includes: Bauer Optical, Devonshire Optical, EuroOptika, Kalmus Optical, Modern Day OptX, Vint & York, Visual Optique, Digital Optiks, Strand Pharmacy Optical, Marine Park Family Vision, EyeCrave Optics, Vu Frameworks, Thosoo Eyewear, and 92nd Eye all located in the NYC area. In California, premier partners include Brighter Optical, Sun’s Up Optical, Daas Optique – Los Angeles, Daas Optique – San Diego, Devlyn Optical Walnut Park, Devlyn Optical Chino, Devlyn Optical Panorama City, Devlyn Curacao Chino, Devlyn Curacao DTLA, A B See Optical, 9FIVE Optical – Los Angeles, 9FIVE Optical San Diego, Hye Optic- Los Angeles, Hye Optic-Glendale, Eyetailor, Palo Alto Eyeworks, Valencia Eyewear, Eclipse Eyewear and Garrett Leight California Optical.

About Smart Vision Labs

Smart Vision Labs is making vision care less expensive, less complicated, and more accessible. The company offers a mobile-phone based vision exam where patients can obtain an eyewear prescription in minutes without the need for a doctor on-site. Their proprietary technology shrinks expensive, bulky equipment to a portable device that is adapted to a telemedicine platform. Smart Vision Exams are currently available in over 50 locations in New York and California, and the company is looking to expand to other states in the coming months. Founded in 2013, Smart Vision Labs aims to increase access to vision care by leveraging technology and innovation. Over 50,000 vision tests have been performed to date in 23 countries, including in partnership with numerous nonprofits and NGOs providing eye-care services to underserved populations here in the US, as well as in India, China and Africa.

If you are interested in providing Smart Vision Exams technology in your store, contact

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Why Many Headaches Can Be Prevented by Vision Exams

Why Headaches Are the Leading Cause of Employee Absenteeism . . . and Why Many Headaches Can Be Prevented by Vision Exams

“Headaches cause substantial individual impact on work productivity and employer and societal burden from direct medical costs, lost work time, and underemployment, and, in more severe persistent headache, unemployment. The lost work time costs greatly exceed medical care costs. Chronic daily headache (15 or more headache days per month) represents a widely accepted stage of pain progression that occurs in 2-4% of the population.”

“Headache and Migraine: A Leading Source of Absenteeism,” by K. Baigi and W.F. Stewart, Handbook of Clinical Neurology, 2015

When employees suffer from headaches on the job, costly problems arise. Their productivity suffers and they are more prone to make mistakes. Plus, employees who suffer from chronic headaches call in sick more often. And as we noted previously, other health problems can arise from poor or uncorrected vision, including depression, a greater likelihood of falls, and even shortened life expectancy.

Yet when a company takes steps to help employees see better and experience less eye strain, they suffer fewer headaches – and problems of absenteeism and poor productivity are reduced.

What Causes Poor Vision and Headaches on the Job

  • Poor workplace lighting. Headaches are more likely to happen when ambient light in a work area is not sufficient, or when it is provided by old fluorescent fixtures that do not emit a “natural” spectrum of colors. Eyestrain and headaches also occur when individual workstations or desks are not equipped with lights that direct sufficient illumination at documents that are being processed, products that are being assembled or repaired, etc.
  • Incorrect placement of desks and work stations. When desks are placed in front of bright windows, employees must squint to shut out background glare so they can see what they are working on. The results? Again, eyestrain and headaches.
  • Dry conditions. When a work area is not humid enough, dry eyes and eye irritation result. It is a problem that can be rectified through the use of inexpensive humidifiers.
  • Excessive computer use and failure to take work breaks. Studies from the National Institutes of Health have found that eyestrain is significantly reduced when computer-users take only four or five five-minute work breaks during the day.
  • Incorrect adjustment and placement of computer displays. When employees need to squint because bright sources of light are located behind the screens they are using, eyestrain results. Plus, strain can be caused by incorrect brightness settings on computer displays, or by settings that display text in sizes that are too small. Note that simple adjustments can usually rectify these issues.
  • Poor workstation ergonomics. In many offices, the distance is too great between desk chairs and computer displays, causing employees to squint or sit in uncomfortable positions to focus on their computer screens. Headaches, poor posture and back discomfort can result.
  • Desktop clutter. When employees’ work surfaces become cluttered, those workers are apt to work on documents that are not well lit or well positioned for visual processing. The result is again eyestrain.

Uncorrected Vision Is a Major Cause of Headaches

According to “Could Your Headaches Be Due to Vision Problems?”, an article on, the following problems that are often caught during routine eye exams are common causes of headache:

  • Astigmatism
  • Hyperopia, or long-sightedness
  • Presbyopia, a condition in which the lens in the eye has hardened due to age
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

The article concludes, “If you’re experiencing frequent headaches, and it’s been more than a year or two between eye exams, it’s a good idea to see your eye care provider.”

How can you add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program? Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

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Why Employees Who See Better Make Your Company Safer

Let’s start with a multiple- choice question . . .

Where do the largest number of non-fatal personal injuries occur in the United States?

  • In motor vehicles
  • At work
  • In the home
  • Outdoors while walking as a pedestrian, engaged in athletics, etc.

The answer to that question could come as a surprise to you. According to data compiled by the National Safety Council, by far the largest number of non-fatal personal injuries occur at work.

And here are some statistics about workplace accidents from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • 9 million nonfatal occupational injuries happened to Americans at work in calendar year 2015.
  • The most common cause of nonfatal injuries was exertion.
  • Other common causes of injury were trips and falls on one building level, falls from one level to another, collisions with warehouse vehicles and other moving equipment, and injuries from using tools and equipment.

What Causes Injuries Like those to Happen?
There is some truth to the old belief that sometimes accidents are not preventable, they just happen. But more often than not, injuries have identifiable causes, like these:

  1. General carelessness
  2. Carelessness when using power equipment
  3. Failure to use required safety apparel like helmets or protective clothing
  4. Failure to follow required procedures when using equipment
  5. Overreaching and losing balance while on a ladder
  6. Experiencing pain or lack of control after performing repetitive motions for too long
  7. Reckless or careless operation of indoor machines like forklifts or outdoor vehicles like trucks
  8. Fatigue or exhaustion
  9. Failure to see approaching vehicles or moving equipment because of insufficient light, excessive glare from sunlight, or other causes
  10. Visually misjudging distances, alignments of materials to be loaded, and other factors
  11. Vehicular accidents caused by driver fatigue, bad lighting conditions, and sun and/or roadway glare

Which of Those Problems Can Be Corrected by Vision Care?
Note that of the causes of accidents above, numbers 8 through 11 can be traced to vision problems. For example, fatigue often results when employees are not wearing vision-correcting eyeglasses or contact lenses. And problems 9 through 11 are not only linked to vision problems, they directly attributable to them.

So the message is that your workplace will become safer, and your worker will experience fewer accidents, when their vision has been tested and corrected with appropriate contact lenses or eyeglasses. A further lesson? Investing in a company-wide program of vision testing can repay you with a safer workplace, greater employee well being and reduced insurance costs.

What Is the Solution?

Add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program. Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

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Why Your New Employees Need Vision Tests Before They Start Training

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Why Your New Employees Need Vision Tests Before They Start Training

Every year before schoolchildren start school in September, their parents take them to have vision tests. Those attentive parents are smart. They know that students must . . .

  • Have good distance vision so they can see projections, words and images that are displayed on whiteboards and blackboards.
  • Have corrected near vision that enables them to read books, tablets and computer displays.
  • Be free from headaches and eye strain that result from uncorrected, or incorrectly corrected, vision.

And Yet . . .

When most companies hire new employees, they do not consider the question of vision at all. They send their new hires into training sessions in classrooms without considering that they could have poor vision that could hinder their ability to absorb important information and learn key concepts.

The message? Giving vision tests to new hires is a small investment that can dramatically increase the effectiveness of training new hires.

What Vision Problems Can Limit Training Effectiveness?

Your pre-training vision tests for new employees should include screening for these common problems:

  • Astigmatism – This very common, and very correctible, condition occurs when the shape of the lens in the eye is not perfectly symmetrical or round. That causes distortions – vertical lines may appear heavier than horizontal lines (or vice versa), for example, or a perfect circle may appear out of round. In virtually all cases, this condition can be easily corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Eye misalignments – These issues are common in school children, but can persist undiagnosed in adults too. Misalignments make it difficult to perform virtually all vision activities and often lead to headaches. Surgery may sometimes be required, but in the great majority of cases other remedies will solve the problem, including exercises and specialized prescription eyeglasses.
  • Myopia (nearsightedness) This condition is diagnosed when an image that comes into the eye is focused in front of the retina instead of clearly onto it. This condition can be easily diagnosed. The good news? It is easily treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Farsightedness – This condition exists when the image that comes into the eye is focused behind the retina. Individuals who suffer from it enjoy good distance vision, but blurry vision when reading or looking at objects that are close. Again, this condition is easy to diagnose during an eye exam, and easy to correct with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.

How can you add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program? Find out how easy it is to run vision tests in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.


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Undiagnosed Eye Problems Linked to Workplace Frustrations

Whether your company employs five, 50 or 500 people, chances are that some of them are not performing well or living up to expectations. If you speak with someone in your HR department, the scope of this problem in your company could be greater than you realize.

There are employees who are difficult to manage and train, who consistently get negative job reviews, who seem slow to learn, who cause customer complaints, who have a difficult time working with other people, who have poor safety records, who call in sick a lot, who arrive late to work, who complete work assignments late, who make mistakes, and who seem unhappy or poorly adjusted to their jobs.

Are some people just difficult? It could be. Or it could be that they are experiencing health problems – perhaps some that they are reluctant to talk about – that make it difficult for them to fulfill the requirements of their jobs. And it could be that undiagnosed or uncorrected eye problems are at the root of their workplace problems.

Workplace “Obstacles”

If you search online for articles about the causes of poor worker performance, you will find that some of the most common are heavy workloads, poor bosses, unclear expectations, and burdensome rules and regulations that workers must follow during their jobs. But you will also find that virtually every expert and author who writes about the causes of poor performance also mentions this one . . .

Obstacles that prevent the worker from doing his or her job effectively

Those obstacles are sometimes physical, such as poorly designed working areas or antiquated equipment. Obstacles can also be technical, such as outdated phone systems, and other equipment.  But many obstacles result not from external conditions, but from workers’ ability to meet the demands of their jobs. (Note that workers who are experiencing this problem are prone to self-censor; An employee in your shipping department who is no longer able to lift heavy objects could hesitate to mention that problem, for fear of losing his or her job.) And when employees’ vision is not good enough to allow them to perform their work comfortably and effectively, performance suffers and frustrations follow.

Frustrating, Work-Hindering Obstacles that Are Linked to Eye Problems

Poor, uncorrected vision makes it difficult, frustrating and headache-inducing for employees whose jobs require them to . . .

  • Absorb information from slides and other visuals during training sessions
  • Complete online research
  • Complete required reading
  • Fill in self-assessments and other forms that are used in performance reviews
  • Drive and operate equipment
  • Enter data, purchase orders, sales reports and other information into computer systems
  • Meet and greet customers confidently and provide effective customer service
  • Read, digest and utilize written instructions
  • Take notes in meetings, track work progress and follow up
  • Use company systems such as email programs and company Intranets
  • Write reports, memos and other work documents
  • Use a wide range of modern equipment that can include tablets, credit card charge processors, cash registers, and more

What Is the Solution?

Add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program. Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.

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Do Your Employees Have the Best Eyesight to Perform their Jobs?

Chances are that your company hires employees with the computer, technical, experiential and other skills that they need to perform their jobs well. But do they possess excellent, corrected vision or the best eyesight that equips them to perform the tasks that are central to their jobs?

Most Jobs Today Require Excellent, Accurate Vision

The Occupational Vision Manual published by the American Optometric Association, states:

“. . . the occupational optometrist should assess and record information regarding each worker’s tasks. The survey must include the specific visual tasks entailed in the essential duties of each position. For example, tasks performed by a lathe operator may include alignment of the cutting tool with the metal or wood stock, observation of the cutting action when the machine is engaged, and setting instrument controls to ensure proper dimensions. A forklift operator may need to move safely throughout a warehouse with a load, to position the load accurately in three dimensions in front of the storage position, and, finally, to move the forklift forward to place the load safely in its precise intended location.”

Make sure your employees have the best eyesight to perform their jobs? - Smart Vision LabsWhat Visual Skills Do Your Employees Need to Do their Jobs?
Let’s look at some visual abilities that are required by some common jobs today – perhaps the same jobs that your employees are performing?

  • Drivers and delivery people need to be able to shift their visual focus between GPS devices (typically located two or more feet away from their eyes) and the road. They need to be able to read road signs, see pedestrians, and recognize potential dangers quickly.
  • Product assemblers need the visual acuity to focus closely and accurately on their work.
  • Computer operators and data entry workers need to be able to read computer screens and documents, and enter data into computer forms.
  • Retail salespeople must be able to read product specifications and documentation, enter orders on tablets or other order-processing equipment, and perform other tasks such as assembling displays and products per printed specifications.
  • Phone representatives and call center employees must be able to accurately negotiate and respond to on-screen menus and forms.
  • Healthcare workers perform many vision-intensive tasks, depending on the nature of their jobs. Medical assistants read documents and enter data into computers. In some cases, they need vision good enough to administer minor medical tests such as EKGs. Insurance billers and insurance coders must read long lists (some onscreen, others printed) of medical conditions and their procedure/condition codes. In dental offices, assistants need good vision to assist in procedures. In fact, good vision is required to perform all healthcare and medical jobs.
  • Security and safety personnel need excellent vision to recognize problems, monitor video surveillance equipment, and take appropriate steps to intervene when problems occur.
  • Restaurant and food service personnel use computer equipment (often in dark surroundings), fill orders correctly, prepare food safely, and follow strict protocols for cooking food safely, cleaning food preparation areas and performing other critical skills.

How can you add regular, high-quality vision care to your company’s employee wellness program? Find out how easy it is to run a vision screening in your office by downloading the free white paper, The Benefits of Corporate On-site Vision Exams.


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Six Ways Vision Problems Can Hurt Your Employees and their Performance

“6 Unexpected Ways Eye Problems Can Hurt You,” an article that Nancie George wrote for, reports that even modest problems in six critical vision areas can have surprisingly devastating effects on people who suffer from them.

And if the people who are suffering from them happen to be your employees, the result could be not only harm to them, but damage to your organization’s effectiveness, profitability, immunity from legal risk, and much more.

Here are the six critical problem areas that Ms. George writes about.

Risk of Death
Ms. George cites a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found that people whose vision impedes their ability to perform routine tasks like using the phone or shopping have a 31% greater risk of dying within the next eight years than do people without those vision problems. A 31% greater risk of dying? That’s a startling statistic.

A Risk of Other Health Problems
Diabetes, hypertension, an impending stroke and other health problems are often identified during routine eye exams. Without exams, those serious – and costly – problems might be overlooked.

Ms. George points to the 2013 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which found that adults with vision loss are 90% more likely to be depressed . . . and that 10% of people who are living with vision loss experience major depression. The message is that simple vision tests can have a strong impact on your employees’ happiness and mental health. 

Several studies have determined that among older adults especially, vision problems are strongly linked to anxiety and a poorer quality of life. 

A Tendency to Experience Falls
A study in 2007 determined that individuals who have limited peripheral vision are more likely to experience falls. It’s a problem that is especially likely to occur as people age. Whether you employ an older workforce or not, it’s another compelling reason to include vision exams in your employee wellness program. 

Glaucoma and Car Accidents
According to a study conducted in 2012, people with undiagnosed glaucoma are twice as likely to have car accidents than other people do. And it is a condition that can be routinely diagnosed during low-cost vision exams and then treated. 

The Message?
Because simple eye exams can have big effects on employee wellness and productivity, they should be part of your employee wellness program.


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