5 Ways Eye Problems Affect Work

eye problem at work

Happy Workers Day!

May your efforts be crowned with success. 

As the whole world celebrates the achievement of workers and draws attention to the challenges workers experience, we are using this opportunity to raise awareness of the effect eye problems have on workers. 

The eyes are very important work tools. They help you see, understand what you are seeing, and act in response to what you have seen. So when they have problems, they affect work in various ways.

Here are 5 major ways eye problems affect work:

1. They cause frequent and costly mistakes in documents.

People often make frequent and sometimes costly mistakes in documents when they have an eye problem. These mistakes often occur when working with figures or performing tasks like data entry.

2. They make people miss important information & targets.

Office workers with poor eyesight can miss important information shared in documents or on slide presentations during meetings. In the same manner, professional sportsmen can miss targets and lose games due to errors of judgment associated with eye problems.

3. They cause accidents and injuries

Eye problems can cause accidents and injuries at work. This is more common among drivers and persons who work with industrial equipment.

4. They increase the amount of resources (e.g. time) required to complete tasks.

Symptoms of eye problems such as blurry vision, headaches, eye pain, watery and itchy eyes cause a lot of discomfort. 

Uncomfortable workers are often distracted and so take a longer time to complete tasks. Sometimes more hands or funds may be required to complete these tasks. This is a very costly but sneaky way eye problems affect work. So, the cost effects are often not obvious to the individual and organization.

5. They cause avoidable sickness absence

Eye problems can make you take avoidable sick leave. While you are away, your job may either suffer or other resources may be invested to maintain organizational productivity. This is common when accidents and eye injuries are involved, and the victims need time off work to recuperate.

To perform at your best potential at work, ensure that you are working with optimal vision. Get your eyes checked and vision corrected (if necessary).

Take this seriously if you fall into any of the following categories:

  • Perform a lot of near work.
  • Work with computer/digital screens.
  • Work with industrial equipment.
  • Do jobs that require intense focus and excellent vision like driving, accounting, photography, writing, and designing.

We wish you a happy workers day celebration! 

Enjoy your day.