Introduction

Poor vision can have lifelong productivity consequences, and affect people’s quality of life. Estimates indicate that out of 1.24 billion people in India, 645 million require vision correction, but only 150 million actually get their vision corrected. This is a serious issue, specially among low-income, front-line garment workers as poor vision affects their productivity, and can in fact worsen due to the nature of their work. In this setting, the Lab aims to test the business case for investing in the eye health of workers in the garment industry, to potentially provide an incentive to firms to invest in eye health as an important dimension of worker well-being.

Design

The intervention will be to build mechanism for the workplace provision of:

 

  • Comprehensive screening and testing for refractive errors and more severe eye conditions (cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, etc.)
  • Subsidized eyeglasses to correct refractive errors
  • Referrals to high-quality local eye hospitals for the treatment of more serious eye conditions

 

Through randomized controlled trial, the lab will be able to understand:

 

  • How providing basic eye health care affects worker welfare outcomes like their quality of life, general satisfaction, and health (mental, and physical)
  • How business outcomes like worker productivity, retention, efficiency, and quality of work are affected
  • How sensitive take-up of eye glasses is to price
  • If it’s possible to provide any sort of utilization incentive to improve usage of eyeglasses