In 2010, 28.3% of the global population were short-sighted.
But now research published in the Ophthalmology journal claims that by 2050, half of the world’s population could be short-sighted. That's double the amount from 2010.
That's 4.8 billion people, or 49.8% of the global population needing glasses.
Although the exact reasons are yet unclear, the study suggests that lifestyle changes resulting from a combination of decreased time outdoors and increased screen time is behind the rise in poor eyesight.
Short or near-sightedness is a common eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly. Up to one in three people in the UK are affected with the condition ranging from mild, where treatment may not be required, to severe, where a person's vision is significantly affected.
You can read the full study here
Don't let your staff damage their eyes
If your staff need to use computers for their role, make sure that you educate them on the importance of getting regular eye checks and taking regular breaks from their screens. It's a good idea to follow the 20:20:20 rule - every twenty minutes, look twenty feet away for twenty seconds.
Some workplaces offer free checkups with an optician and a discount for a new pair of glasses if they are needed.
If you spot one of your employees sitting closely to the screen or complaining of headaches, these could be signs that they need glasses.
Our eye strain solutions guide is a good place to start if an employee is complaining of eye strain issues.
Making reasonable adjustments for those with visual impairments
For staff with more complex sight issues, we offer a couple of enablement assessments designed to assist employees with sight problems that require more than just glasses.
Our colour overlay assessment is a great option for those with conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia, as they can struggle to read black words on a background.
One of our trained enablement specialists can visit your premises and give the employee an assessment that can, on occasion, overcome the problem almost immediately.
For other long term sight related problems, a visual impairment assessment can help assist your staff member with a visual impairment by a creating a strategy for overcoming the impact their visual impairment might be having on their work. The assessment will include a full report and you will be given precise recommendations on any reasonable adjustments you need to make.
Do you have a lot of staff on computers?
If your entire workforce, or the vast majority, are using computers every day at work, it may be a good idea for you to think about attending a DSE (Display Screen Equipment) Training course.
By getting DSE trained, you will then be able to help your staff prevent fatigue, eye strain and other health complications that occur if display screen equipment is not being used safely.
Our course leaders can either come to your offices if you have many staff you would like to train, or you can attend a drop in course at one of our locations around the country.
To find out more and book your place, head over to our training page on our website.