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Vision Problems Cost Billions in Lost Workplace Productivity

BALTIMORE, MD, March 10, 2020 – Whether an employee is handling heavy machinery or filing spreadsheets on a computer, clear vision is necessary to get the job done as efficiently and effectively as possible.

In honor of Workplace Eye Wellness Month, Versant Health—a leading national managed eye health and vision plan company—notes that when even a seemingly minor vision issue occurs and slows down productivity, multiple people are affected. According to the Vision Impact Institute, uncorrected vision problems like refractive errors cost the global economy near $272 billion in lost productivity.

“One reason is due to workplace eye injuries, with more than 20,000 occurring every year,” says Jeff Hermosillo, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Client Management at Versant Health. “Additionally, blue light and screen time can also take its toll in the workplace, with 59 percent of Americans complaining of digital eye strain.”

With these kinds of statistics, managed vision care has never been more important. Not only do vision benefits allow people to have healthier eyes and vision, but they can live healthier lives, take better care of their families, and be more productive in the workplace.

Versant Health encourages everyone to practice eye safety in the workplace. Learn more about how to prevent eye injuries in the workplace with the following infographic:

About Versant Health

Versant Health, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MetLife, Inc., is one of the nation’s leading administrators of managed vision care, serving more than 41 million of our clients’ members nationwide. Through our Davis Vision and Superior Vision independent provider networks, we help members access the wonders of sight through healthy eyes and vision. Administering vision and eye health solutions that range from access to routine vision benefits to medical management, Versant Health has unique visibility and scale across the total eye health spectrum. As a result, our clients’ members enjoy a seamless experience with access to one of the broadest provider networks in the industry and an exclusive frame collection. Commercial groups, employer plans, and health plans that serve government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid and Medicare are among our valued customers.

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