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Vision problems in an ageing workforce and how HR can prepare for that

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Staying up to date with the fast-growing talent trend – an ageing workforce, return-to-work retirees and the gig economy – HR professionals should address the physical wellbeing of ageing employees and cultivate awareness of the warning signs of common health problems.

Like other parts of the body, our eyes are not immune to ageing. It’s natural for older employees to encounter a gradual decline in their vision, which may require them to get new glasses or contact lens prescription.

It is particularly common for people aged 40 or above to experience refractive errors such as presbyopia, which literally means “old eyes” in Greek. Employees with presbyopia will have difficulties in viewing objects and small words up close. Instead of bringing the object closer, they have to hold it further away to see it clearly.

People with presbyopia should opt for reading glasses, multifocal glasses and contact lenses to regain clear and comfortable vision at all distances.

Senior employees are also prone to serious vision-related eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts.

Since symptoms vary from person to person, it’s crucial to schedule regular eye check-ups to avoid delays in diagnosis and medical care.

One should visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist in case of sudden visual loss, temporary or not.

For more information on vision screening, seminars and eye exam packages, contact PolyVision for details.

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