Whether you've just decided to add a vision plan to your employee's health and wellness options, or just want to give your existing coverage a makeover, there are several key factors to look for in a comprehensive vision plan.
- Make sure the plan covers an annual eye exam, which will not only allow your employees to maintain their proper eyeglass prescription, but will also serve as a way to detect potential eye and systemic diseases – before they become a healthcare burden.
- Many of today's vision plans also offer advanced eyewear enhancements for optimal vision and protection at substantial discounts. These enhancements can help alleviate problems that lead to decreased performance at work.
For example, photochromic lenses – like Transitions® lenses – with anti-reflective (AR) coatings can minimize glare and reflections, helping to reduce eyestrain and fatigue. In an office, these products can help eliminate reflections from office lighting, an important option considering that 70 to 75 percent of computer workers experience eye and vision problems.
Outdoors, photochromics also offer protection from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays, which can lead to serious eye problems such as cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration. UV protection is especially important for employees with or at-risk for diabetes, since UV can increase the likelihood of developing or worsening the common ocular side effects of the disease.
Additionally, progressive lenses can help employees age 40 and older counter the effects of presbyopia, which can make it difficult to focus on reading materials or computer screens. Finally, impact-resistant lens materials can help employees avoid eye trauma – both on and off the job.
Are you doing everything you can to make sure your employees are getting the very best in vision care and vision wear? Be sure to check out our Vision Education Kit for resources you can use to educate your employees about the importance of protecting their eyes and making the most of their vision benefit.