Why Vision Care?

3.5 to 5 million Americans are either blind or have low vision./1

Why Vision Care?

Families Need Regular Eye Exams

While 81% of Americans wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, a huge percentage of that population is not seeing as well as they should because their prescription is not strong enough./2,3

11 million people over age 12 could improve their vision through proper eyewear./4

3.5 to 5 million Americans are either blind or have low vision./5

The leading causes of blindness and low vision are diabetes, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataract./6

Each year, as many as 25,000 people go blind from diabetic retinopathy, the primary cause of blindness in American adults./7,8 One quarter of the 23 million diabetics in the U.S. remain undiagnosed./9

3 million Americans have glaucoma. Half of them do not know it./10

Glaucoma is called the “silent thief of sight” because there are no symptoms in its early stages./11

Vision: The “Good News” Benefit

A comprehensive eye exam provides early detection of vision problems as well as systemic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension./12

Employees with a vision plan are more likely to obtain proper eye care. Uncorrected vision disorders cost American employers $68 billion in medical expenditures and such indirect costs as lost productivity./13

Vision coverage costs employers just one-tenth of that spent on medical benefits./14

Stand-alone Exam + Materials plans drive members to providers at more than double the rate of bundled plans. With such a plan, more than 50% of members receive a routine eye exam at least once in a two-year period./15

63% of employees not covered by a managed vision care plan would sign up for one if presented with the opportunity—even if they had to pay a small monthly fee./16

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  1. “Low Vision and Blindness Rehabilitation,” National Eye Institute, June 2011
  2. “Had Your Eyes Checked Lately?”, Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 6, 2009
  3. “Exploring the Potential Impact of Vision Benefits in the Workplace,” Transitions Academy, 2011
  4. “Common Eye Disorders,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, accessed 6-3-11
  5. “Low Vision”
  6. Ibid.
  7. “Diabetes and Your Eyes,” Prevent Blindness America website, accessed 6-3-11
  8. “Common Eye Disorders”
  9. “Hidden Risk: Millions of People Don’t Know They Are Diabetic,” Wall Street Journal, May 19, 2009
  10. “Glaucoma,” Medicine Net website, accessed 6-3-11
  11. Ibid.
  12. “Exploring the Potential Impact”
  13. Abt Associates Inc.: “Building a Comprehensive Child Vision Care System,” National Commission on Vision and Health,  June 2009
  14. Matthew Bennett: “Eye Health—11 Million Americans Found Suffering from Uncorrected Vision Problems,” Star Global Tribune, March 17, 2011
  15. “Vision Exam Utilization Study Executive Summary,” National Association of Vision Plans, 2010
  16. Matthew Bennett