ERIC Number: ED299411
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Eyes on the Workplace.
During the next 25 years, the number of Americans over age 65 is expected to reach 50 million. Although many will not experience age-related visual impairments until the age of 60 or 70, some will begin to experience serious problems by the age of 40. The types of vision problems experienced by individuals as they age include difficulty in adapting to sudden changes in lighting, reduced color and depth perception, increased difficulties in dealing with barrages of visual information, and sight-threatening diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. As older workers continue to constitute an increasing portion of the labor force, the implications of age-related visual impairments become an increasingly important issue for employers. Many responses to this problem are possible. Improved eye care and screening techniques can help catch problems before they interfere seriously with work. Simple and inexpensive redesign of the workplace can help compensate for diminished eyesight. Retraining and closer matching of visual skills to work requirements can keep workers on the job longer. In addition, several private and government groups currently provide advice and resources for workers with vision impairment and for their employers. (MN)
Descriptors: Aging (Individuals), Diseases, Employment Problems, Eyes, Low Vision Aids, Occupational Safety and Health, Older Adults, Older Workers, Retraining, Safety Equipment, Vision, Visual Impairments, Work Environment
Committee on Vision, National Research Council, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.
Note: Based on proceedings of a Conference sponsored by the Working Group on Aging Workers and Visual Impairment (Washington, DC, February 1986).