Vision Benefits for Workers 45+: Reinforce the Need

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Older workers place high value on their sight, but according to a 2011 vision benefits study, many employees age 45 and older are not taking advantage of vision insurance options offered by employers.

While many older employees validated the importance of vision benefits, they did not recognize their need for vision insurance. The study results identified other misperceptions and misunderstandings that older workers had about their vision:

  • Lacked awareness that their eyes would change as they age
  • Did not understand that as they aged, they would experience difficulty seeing far away or in dim light
  • Not informed about their increased risk for eye diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration or cataracts

The study reinforces the need for employers to invest time in educating employees about the long-term value of their vision benefits.

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), vision changes occur as we age. And frequently these changes begin after age 40. The AOA recommends scheduling regular eye exams with an eye doctor to detect vision changes and prescribe corrective measures. Here are the AOA guidelines for eye exams for adults:

  • Under age 40, every 5 to 10 years
  • 40 to 54 years of age, every 2 to 4 years
  • 55 to 64 years of age, every 1 to 3 years
  • 65 years of age or older, every 1 to 2 years

What do you think? Do you work with people age 45 or older? Are they are taking advantage of vision benefits? Read an article about this study and send us your feedback.