New Report Highlights the Status of Vision Health in Today’s Workers

New Report Highlights the Status of Vision Health in Today’s Workers

Nearly half of respondents reported declining eye health, with increased screen time a key issue.

A recent report focusing on the vision of today’s workforce has emphasized the need for improved eye care and preventive health education. Conducted by VSP in partnership with Workplace Intelligence, the 2024 Workplace Vision Health Report—based on surveys of 1,600 HR leaders and employees—aims to provide clarity on eye health.

According to the report, half of the employees surveyed are experiencing at least one eye issue which significantly impacts their work focus and quality. Despite this, fewer than one in five employees know eye exams can detect serious conditions like arthritis and cancer. This underscores the necessity for enhanced preventive health education.

The report also notes that 52 percent of workers without vision benefits are seriously considering switching jobs to those that offer such benefits. For Gen Z employees, 82 percent of respondents are working nights and weekends, with 54 percent reporting a decline in eye health, likely due to the adverse effects of increased screen time.

Employees spend an average of 96.1 hours of screen time per week. On workdays, they spend 91 percent of their time in front of screens or 74 percent on weekends. Notably, 69 percent report working longer hours, citing understaffing and workloads. This prolonged screen time leads to declining eye health for 43 percent of workers.

The report recommends employers address these issues by offering better vision benefits and promoting eye health. Enhanced vision care can lead to improved productivity, focus and overall mental health for employees. Furthermore, increasing awareness about the broader health benefits of regular eye exams is crucial.

For more information on how you can download the full report, visit the VSP website.

About the Author

Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

Product Showcase

  • Full Line of Defense Against Combustible Dust Nilfisk

    Nilfisk provides a comprehensive range of industrial vacuums meticulously crafted to adhere to NFPA 652 housekeeping standards, essential for gathering combustible dust in Class I, Group D, and Class II, Groups E, F & G environments or non-classified settings. Our pneumatic vacuums are meticulously engineered to fulfill safety criteria for deployment in hazardous surroundings. Leveraging advanced filtration technology, Nilfisk ensures the secure capture of combustible materials scattered throughout your facility, ranging from fuels, solvents, and metal dust to flour, sugar, and pharmaceutical powders. Read More

  • Magid® D-ROC® GPD412 21G Ultra-Thin Polyurethane Palm Coated Work Gloves

    Magid’s 21G line is more than just a 21-gauge glove, it’s a revolutionary knitting technology paired with an advanced selection of innovative fibers to create the ultimate in lightweight cut protection. The latest offering in our 21G line provides ANSI A4 cut resistance with unparalleled dexterity and extreme comfort that no other 21-gauge glove on the market can offer! Read More


    With alkaline or rechargeable options, these safety rated, Class 1, Div. 1 Headlamps provide long runtime with both spot and flood options in the same light. Work safely and avoid trip hazards with flexible hands-free lighting from Streamlight. Read More