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Poor Vision Negatively Affects the Lives of 84% of Sufferers … and More of What You Need to Know for September

Like the rampant bad habits of contact lens wearers and the importance of vision care in the workplace.

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Poor Vision Negatively Affects the Lives of 84% of Sufferers … and More of What You Need to Know for September

Vision Care at Work

The Transitions Optical 2022 Workplace Wellness Survey of 1,300 U.S. adults whose employers offer vision benefits found 78% of employees say their work productivity and performance has been impacted by either eyestrain/eye fatigue (50%), headaches (39%), blurry vision (36%), discomfort from bright screens (33%), and/or difficulty focusing after looking up from the screen (33%). Almost three in four (73%) say they would seek care from an ECP due to blurry vision, over half (52%) due to light sensitivity, half (49%) due to eyestrain from device usage, and more than a quarter (30%) because of interest in blue light protection. Almost all (96%) are willing to pay above what their insurance fully covers for premium lens options. transitionspro.com

Breaking Bad Habits

We all know CLs require regular care and replacement but that message is not making it to patients. A survey by AllAboutVision of 1,095 CL users revealed some bad habits; 96% wait longer than recommended to replace CLs, with Gen Zers most likely to do so. Nearly half do this to save money but almost one-third admitted not knowing how often to replace CLs. On average, they reported wearing the same lenses for 26 days; 52% waited until they became troublesome before considering replacement. What’s more, 38% of wearers sleep in their CLs. Lastly, only 39% of respondents cleaned their lenses daily with 39% reporting having used tap water to clean them and 28% having cleaned them in their mouths. allaboutvision.com

Poor Vision’s Impact

A new survey from MyVision.org of more than 1,000 Americans with poor or corrected vision examined the everyday struggles people with poor eyesight face. On average, most Americans surveyed reported noticing trouble seeing starting around 15 years old, and for most, it only got worse with age. More than four out of five (84%) admitted they’re frustrated by their poor vision and that it has negatively impacted everything from their social life (33%) to work (33%) and driving (38%). More than half (51%) said their vision has kept them from enjoying an experience like a concert, trip, or dinner, and 38% say their poor eyesight has caused issues while working out or playing sports, while 25% feel their vision has been a financial burden. myvision.org

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