The Social & Economic Impact of Poor Vision

White paper by The Boston Consulting Group & Essilor- summary 2012

30% of children experience vision problems that have a significant impact in terms of long-term health, school performance and emotional/social difficulty.

33% of the world’s working population has uncorrected vision problems that impact producitivity with serious financial implications for the performance of economics worldwide.  $269 billion of producitivity is lost worldwide due to uncorrected vision.

Poor vision disproportionately affects elderly people, negatively impacting their experience of a healthy ageing and increasing the burden and cost of medical services.  Poor vision limits people’s ability to carry out daily living tasks and multiplies by 7 the risk of falls and hip fractures.

23% of car drivers worldwide have uncorrected vision problems, impacting the safety of drivers , pedestrians and road users.

The impact of poor vision can be significant- resulting in poorer educational performance, reduced employment opportunities, lower economic participation and deteriorating later life health.

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Lynn Hellerstein
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