Eye exams are growing in popularity among workers. Here’s why:
It’s no secret that comprehensive eye exams should be part of any preventive care program. By treating vision care as preventive care, we can help improve both eye health and overall health. This typically produces positive results for employer health strategies and improves the overall effectiveness and appeal of vision care benefits.
The cost of poor vision
Ask people about the cost of vision loss and they might bring up driving at night or missing out on a good book. They won’t mention what it costs in lost dollars and lost health.
But there’s good news: when employees use vision benefits, companies save in productivity and long-term care.1 That’s not an expense. That’s an investment.
Did you know?
- Each year, eye disorders and vision problems cost the U.S. economy $139 billion1
- An accurate vision prescription provides on average, a 2.5% boost in an employee’s produtivity2
- Businesses can see an average ROI of $7 for every $1 they invest in vision3
- 43% of U.S. workers say their vision has worsened in the last three years8
Employees want a vision benefit
As the need for proper vision care increases, so does demand and appreciation from employees. Competitive benefits packages are now an important tool in helping to attract and retain top talent. In fact, studies suggest that vision is the most popular voluntary benefit behind medical.4
Companies need vision benefits, too
When employees benefit, so do employers. A computer vision study estimates that uncorrected vision problems can decrease an employee’s productivity level by as much as 20%.6 And employers can expect to lose about 6 days of productivity a year (or about $7,800) per employee thanks to uncorrected vision.7 Vision benefits have their perks beyond helping with just vision correction. All this means that keeping an eye on your employees’ health with vision benefits is a win-win.
So why is it so important to offer comprehensive vision benefits? Offering comprehensive vision benefits typically produces positive results for employer health strategies and improves the overall effectiveness and appeal of vision care benefits. Vision care is simply good business.
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1Prevent Blindness America, “The Cost of Vision Problems”
2Invigorating Interest in the Vision Benefit” from the NAVCP Medical Advisor Roundtable, 2013.
3Workforce.com” Special Report: Vision and Dental Benefits — More to See, More to Chew on”. 2015
4Workforce.com. “Special Report: Vision and Dental Benefits Survey, December 2016. (Study included only those whose employer offered vision benefits.)
52017 Transitions Employee Perceptions of Vision Benefits Survey, December 2016. (Study included only those whose employer offered vision benefits.)
6Transitions, “See Well to Work Well,” Healthy Sight Working for You, 2014.
7“Invigorating Interest in the Vision Benefit” from the NAVCP Medical Advisor Roundtable. 2013.
8Coming into Focus The Role of Vision Benefits and Eye Care in Health & Wellness;” 7th Annual Workplace Benefits Study; guardianlife.com; (2019).