Nutrition for Vision

While most people don't realize it, what you eat can affect how you see! Our eyes are as much a part of our bodies as any other organ, so they are influenced by our nutrition. New research has confirmed that nutrition can make a difference in our eye health. Most affected are conditions of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), Dry Eye Syndrome, Cataracts and Glaucoma. Dr. Anshel now lectures on these conditions and how to resolve them with proper nutrition.

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The production of most businesses today relies upon employees who work before a computer in the office.Workers in these jobs are subject to discomfort and health problems because of the rigid and repetitive nature of their work. The most frequent problems are vision or eye related followed by musculoskeletal problems. These problems can largely be solved and prevented with improved work and work environment design.

It has been shown that resolving eye and vision concerns for visual display work can result in a 4-19% increase in productivity per employee. For a typical officer worker making $30,000. per year, that translates into a minimum increase of $1200. in increased productivity. Most answers to these problems will cost much less than that to resolve.

Our visual ergonomic services are designed to assess your workplace environment, evaluate your employees working habits and conditions and make recommendations that will result in better production, less expense, less employee turnover and overall improvement in working conditions. In all activites, sensitivity to employer/employee relations is observed.

The derived benefits from solving and preventing these problems are:

  • Increased productivity.
  • Improved employee morale.
  • Decreased workers compensation expenses.


Program Components

1. Initial Consultation

A meeting with appropriate company representatives. The goal of the meeting is to discuss the company needs and to clearly design and define the program that meets those needs. In all activities, sensitivity to employer/employee relations is observed.


2. Environmental Analysis

This is an examination of key aspects of the work environment(s). This evaluation is be performed on a department by department basis. The aspects of the work environment that are analyzed include:

Illumination levels - the illumination levels are measured at appropriate locations and compared to ANSI, IES, and other appropriate regulations.

Direct glare - the luminance of lights, windows, VDT screens, office background, and other appropriate objects are measured and compared to ANSI, IES, and other appropriate regulations. VDT equipment screen resolution, brightness range and settings, and flicker characteristics are evaluated.

Screen reflections (glare) - Screen reflection characteristics and sources of reflected light are analyzed.

Workstation arrangement - the heights and viewing distances of VDTs and other work material are measured and evaluated.

Workstation furniture - desks and chairs


3. Environmental Report

An environmental assessment report is written for management. This report contains a specific assessment of each of the above aspects of the environment and, as appropriate, includes:

  • The aspects of the environment which are well designed and those which could be improved.

  • The relative significance of each of the areas of possible improvement and recommended priorities for attention.

  • Specific recommendations for improvements, e.g. lighting design, anti-glare screens, document holders, VDT equipment, surface reflectance, etc. are provided, in many cases, including suggested products and/or distributors if requested.

  • Cost effectiveness estimates.Lighting in comparison to standards.

  • Job structuring.

  • Employer policies on breaks and other health related issues.

  • Judgment concerning conformance with standards and regulations.

  • Workers compensation liability concerns.

  • The report will most often be augmented with photographs of significant employee situations so that the employer can see if their employees are working efficiently.


4. Presentation to Employees (Recommended)

An important part of any program is conveying the appropriate information to the employees - employee education. Good ergonomic principles are presented to a group of employees. The following topics are presented:

  • Basic information about the function of the eyes and visual system

  • A review of the visual demands in today's lifestyle

  • The role of computers in our daily life

  • Adjustment of computer equipment

  • Arrangement of display and other work materials

  • Arrangement and adjustment of workstation furniture

  • Lighting arrangement and adjustments

  • Visual breaks

  • Signs and symptoms of visual problems

  • Signs and symptoms of musculoskeletal problems

As part of the presentation, a brief questionnaire is distributed to employees to assess the types of problems they may be experiencing. This is used to determine the level of problems and to focus on the poignant issues.


5. Individual Employee Analysis/Screening

Each employee is visited at his/her workstation. Each of these employees should have attended the employee presentation and filled out a questionnaire. The individual workstation is analyzed to determine specific recommendations. Additionally, a vision screening can be performed, as needed, to include the following:

Visual Acuity in each eye Visual field defects
Eye muscle balance Eye scanning abilities
Eye muscle coordination Subjective text readability
Binocular Spectacle design analysis

An assessment of the needs of each employee is made considering their symptoms report, workstation analysis, and vision screening. For each employee, the following information is provided to management:

  • Individualized suggestions for workstation arrangement and or equipment needs such as anti-glare filters, wrist supports, lighting, furniture, etc.
  • Whether a referral for a comprehensive eye examination is indicated
  • When an eye examination is recommended, a form is provided for the employee to take to their eye doctor indicating the reason for the referral and giving information regarding viewing distances and viewing angles


6. Vision Care Services

Specific methods for obtaining appropriate eye care services for employees. We facilitate implementation and coordination with local doctors. We maintain a list of eye care professionals that are specially trained to perform computer-vision examinations..


7. Follow-up Services

Follow-up consultation services for special needs, implementation, bid analysis, etc. can be provided. This includes sources for additional ergonomic supplies and materials.


Professional Fees

1. Initial Consultation

The cost of the initial consultation will vary with the time and place of the meeting. If the discussions can be completed over phone or email conversations, this service will be available at no charge. If an on-site consultation is required to adequately determine needs, the cost will be based on a $250. per hour rate.


2. Environmental Analysis

The Environmental Analysis is a complex on-site evaluation of all factors involved in workplace ergonomics. Extensive measurements and observations will be made. The cost can be based on an hourly rate of $300. per hour, or a daily rate of $2500. per day- depending on the logistics of the situation. Travel and accommodation expenses are an additional cost.


3. Environmental Report

No analysis is complete without a report of the findings. A follow up environmental report will be included at no additional cost with the Environmental Analysis program.


4. Presentation to Employees

This one hour slide show presentation has been very well received by employees as well as management. Specific questions that the attendees have are answered and a renewed sense of enthusiasm is developed. There is no cost for this presentation, if included with the Environmental Analysis program.

The presentation can also be given independently of any other service. In this case, the cost is $1500. plus travel and accommodation expenses.


5. Individual Employee Analysis/Screening

The most effective way to determine if an employee is viewing their workplace environment efficiently is to evaluate them at their workstation. We use an interactive ergonomic computer program to elicit concerns and test visual abilities. The cost of this program starts at $8.00 per employee and is discounted for more than 24 employees. The program can be self-administered so very little disruption of work is experienced. An exact quote for the cost of this program can be made during the initial consultation.


6. Vision Care Services

We have compiled a listing of various doctors around the country who have special training in computer vision-related problems. We will attempt to connect you with a doctor in your area who is convenient and can offer appropriate testing for your employees. There is no charge for this service.


7. Follow-up Services

We have made contacts with various companies who supply different types of ergonomic supporting materials. We will be happy to offer the names of these companies if you would like to follow up with them.

Contact us today for more information



"The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.."

-Theodore Hesburgh


"Providing Eye Care To Your Employees," by Dr. J Anshel

"Suggestions for Improving Performance at the Computer Work Station," by Dr. J Anshel

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