Posted August 17, 2016
More employees are requesting vision benefits. As employees spend more time using digital devices, many are experiencing problems with eyestrain and fatigue. They also are interested in maintaining good vision health and purchasing prescription eyeglasses or contacts in the latest styles.
Consider four reasons why employers should provide vision coverage:
1. Productivity – Vision experts report that uncorrected vision can significantly impact employees’ performance even if minimal correction is needed. The World Health Organization estimates that uncorrected distance vision costs an estimated $272 billion in lost productivity annually.
A University of Alabama School of Optometry study discovered a direct correlation between the time it takes to complete computer tasks and correct vision. Employees who had uncorrected vision took much longer to finish computer-related tasks than those with proper vision.
2. Eyestrain – The American Optometric Association reports that, on average, American workers spend seven hours each day using a computer at work or home. This intensive screen time can cause eyestrain. Fifty to 90 percent of workers report symptoms of eyestrain, such as dry and irritated eyes, blurred or double vision, tired or sore eyes, headaches and neck or back pain.
3. Well-being – A 2016 survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association – Ophthalmology reports that 87.5 percent of participants rated good vision as important to overall health. Over 47 percent said losing vision is the worst possible health outcome.
Wakefield Research revealed that dental and vision insurance now are tied as the second-most popular voluntary benefit. In fact, eight in 10 employees enrolled in their employers’ vision plans this year.
4. Health – The National Association of Vision Care Plans reports that Americans who enroll in vision insurance plans are twice as likely to schedule an eye exam as those who don’t have insurance. In addition, people usually see the eye doctor more often than their medical doctor. During an exam, the eye doctor can detect early signs of many diseases, such as:
- high cholesterol and high blood pressure
- and maybe someday Alzheimer’s