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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Impact of Low Vision on Employment

AUTHOR:

Stefania M. Mojon-Azzi

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2010

PUBLICATION:

Ophthalmologica

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Based on data covering 10,340 working individuals, in 11 European countries and Israel, respondents with lower levels of self-reported general eyesight were significantly less satisfied with their jobs, felt they had less freedom to decide, less opportunity to develop new skills, less support in difficult situations, less recognition for their work, and an inadequate salary.

  • Respondents with a lower eyesight level more frequently reported that they feared their health might limit their ability to work before regular retirement age and more often indicated that they were seeking early retirement.

SUMMARY

This study investigates the influence of self-reported corrected eyesight on several variables describing the perception by employees and self-employed persons of their employment.


The study was based on data from the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). SHARE is a multidisciplinary, cross-national database of microdata on health, socioeconomic status, social and family networks, collected on 31,115 individuals in 11 European countries and in Israel.


With the help of ordered logistic regressions and binary logistic regressions, researchers analyzed the influence of perceived visual impairment – corrected by 19 covariates capturing socioeconomic and health- related factors – on 10 variables describing the respondents’ employment situation.


Based on data covering 10,340 working individuals, the results of the logistic and ordered regressions indicate that respondents with lower levels of self-reported general eyesight were significantly less satisfied with their jobs, felt they had less freedom to decide, less opportunity to develop new skills, less support in difficult situations, less recognition for their work, and an inadequate salary.

Respondents with a lower eyesight level more frequently reported that they feared their health might limit their ability to work before regular retirement age and more often indicated that they were seeking early retirement.