The Impact of Glaucoma on Workplace Productivity in the Philippines
Filipinos are known for their outstanding work ethic. However, the prevalence of certain health conditions, such as glaucoma, is threatening to slow the national pace. Glaucoma, a progressive eye condition that damages the optic nerve, affects approximately 2%-3% of the total Filipino population.
II. The Effects of Glaucoma
Glaucoma often goes undiagnosed in its early stages, as it presents no symptoms and gradually steals sight without warning. However, once vision is lost, the damage is irreparable. This vision impairment interferes with simple daily life activities and, unsurprisingly, has significant consequences in the workplace.
III. Glaucoma and Workplace Productivity in the Philippines
Vision impairment due to glaucoma can create challenges in completing tasks efficiently, particularly in industries that require sharp visual acuity. The inability to perform these tasks at the expected level often leads to reduced overall productivity, lower morale and, in severe cases, loss of employment.
A recent study revealed that work absences due to glaucoma-related illnesses have surged in recent years, further burdening organizations with unscheduled downtime and reduced output.
IV. The Economic Impact
The economic cost of this lost productivity is phenomenal. Current estimates suggest that the Philippines loses hundreds of millions annually due to reduced productivity from glaucoma. This not only impacts businesses, but has wider implications for the Filipino economy, which is grappling with the twin challenges of healthcare accessibility and economic development.
Globally, vision impairment, including glaucoma, has been linked to a significant reduction in workforce participation rates, emphasizing that this problem is not unique to the Philippines but is a global concern.
The impact of glaucoma on the Filipino workforce cannot be overstated and needs urgent attention from healthcare providers, policy-makers, and employers. Early diagnosis and intervention are key to managing the disease’s progression and preserving workplace productivity.
Employers can also play a pivotal role in managing this problem by providing vision insurance coverage, promoting regular eye exams, and ensuring that their environments are safe for those with visual impairments.
Ultimately, a cooperative, society-wide response is needed to prevent glaucoma from overshadowing the productivity of the hardworking Filipino workforce.