Poor uncorrected vision affects people’s productivity and safety at work. Essilor has begun workplace visual health programs in partnership with local industrial employers to improve access to vision care for factory workers.
The cost of uncorrected poor vision
The global economy loses $272 billion in lost productivity every year because adults with uncorrected poor vision struggle at work. 80% of people who lack vision correction live and work in the developing world. Not being able to see clearly, especially for near-vision tasks, impacts their productivity, ability to continue working safely and their lifetime earning potential.
Essilor has developed an inclusive business model that brings vision care into the workplace
We partner with factories which host vision screening for employees and buy them affordable glasses if they need vision correction. Providing eye screening and eyeglasses on-site overcomes many of the major difficulties for low-income earners in correcting their vision.
This program directly benefits employees and employers – boosting productivity, earning potential, making the working environment safer and enabling individuals to remain economically active for longer. In one of the pilot programs in Cambodia, Essilor teams found that 90% of participants had never had their eyes tested. Of these 80% were found to have vision problems.
Since 2013, Essilor has been exploring different inclusive business models to solve the issue of access to vision care by creating the infrastructure to serve ‘base of the pyramid’ consumers.