The ILO and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) have collaborated to produce a new report on Eye Health and the World of Work, drawing attention to healthy vision as being integral to safety and productivity at work.
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.