76% of adults

use some form of vision correction1

87% of people with vision benefits

plan to get an eye exam this year

80% of what kids learn

is processed through their eyes4

but only 50% of adults

at high risk for vision loss went to the eye doctor last year2

but only 67% of people

without vision benefits plan to do the same3

but only 29% of parents

take children for an eye exam to get ready for back-to-school5

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Eye exams: more than a vision benefit

Eyes can give doctors a clear picture of overall wellness. That’s why vision care—and vision benefits—can help employees stay healthy. A comprehensive eye exam can detect early signs of  serious health problems, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Glaucoma and cataracts15

Early diagnosis of chronic conditions like these can in turn cut costs by thousands.16 The sooner health issues are found (with potential help from an eye exam), the sooner they can be treated. Healthier employees. Lower health care expenses. A more productive workplace. That’s value that’s easy to see.

A young woman uses a tablet while a man smiles in the foreground.
A young woman uses a tablet while a man smiles in the foreground.

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1 - “US Optical Overview and Outlook”; The Vision Council; December 2015. 
2 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015.
3 - “Study: Employees with vision benefits tend to use them,” benefitspro.com, 9/28/16. 
4 - School-aged Vision: 6 to 18 Years of Age, American Optometric Association website. Accessed 4/15/16. 
5 - 2017 Blue Light Digital Eye Strain Report, The Vision Council.
6 -  Prevent Blindness America, “The Future of Vision,” 2015
7 - “Health Problems Eye Exams Can Detect,” YourSightMatters.com, March 2016
8 - U.S. Department of Health – National Health Statistics Reports #8, August 6, 2008
9 - Kaiser Family Foundation, Employer Health Benefits Survey, 2014
10 - Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits Survey. Wakefield Research or Transitions Optical, Inc., 2015
11 - Prevent Blindness America, “The Cost of Vision Problems”

13 - US Department of Health – National Health Statistics Report #8; 8/6/08. 
14 - Workforce.com “Special Report: Vision and Dental Benefits – More to See, More to Chew on”, 2015. 
15 - “5 Health Problems Eye Exams Can Detect,” YourSightMatters.com, March, 2016. 
16  - “Impact of Eye Exams in Identifying Chronic Conditions,” UnitedHealthcare, 2014