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Transitions Healthy Sight Working For You


A vision benefit has the potential to reduce overall healthcare expenditures and reduce employee absenteeism.
However, many employers don't recognize this value. For example, while nearly 100 percent of HR professionals associate going to an eye exam with getting a new lens prescription to help them see clearly, only 6 out of 10 associate an eye exam with diagnosing systemic diseases like diabetes.

  • Businesses lose $8 billion annually due to vision-related problems.
  • Eye exams can uncover serious health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, neurological disorders and certain cancers.
  • Employees are more likely to visit their eye doctor annually than their general physician, making the eye exam important in early detection and prevention.
  • Diabetes alone cost an estimated $174 billion in 2007, including $116 billion in excess medical expenditures and $58 billion in reduced national productivity.
  • Research shows that vision coverage can gain you up to $7 for every $1 you spend on it.

This makes sense given that the eyes and body are connected in so many ways. Many chronic medical conditions that impact overall health, such as diabetes and hypertension, can also take a toll on the eyes.

Watch this video on the connection between eye and overall health, to learn more.

Focus on Diabetes

Diabetes is a serious disease that impacts many parts of the body, including the eye. It can contribute to serious eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

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Early detection and treatment is important to minimize vision loss. In fact, more than 90 percent of severe vision loss and blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy can be prevented with proper eye care (WHO).

A comprehensive eye exam can detect these eye conditions, and even diabetes itself. In fact, since blurred vision is one of the first symptoms of diabetes and signs of diabetes are visible from changes seen in the back of the eye, an eye doctor is often the first health professional to detect the disease. Promoting regular eye exams through a vision benefit is a helpful way to keep tabs on employees' overall health, which is important, considering that nearly one quarter of diabetics don't know they have the disease.


Reflections off of objects (like a computer screen) or eyeglass lenses themselves can be distracting, reducing vision and causing eye fatigue.

UV and glare protection are especially important for diabetics because the disease may make them more prone to damage from the sun, and also more sensitive to everyday and bright light. Only 17 percent of diabetics know that the disease can make you sensitive to light, so most patients are not wearing the vision protection they need. Transitions® lenses can help to minimize glare and block UV rays, to help diabetics see more clearly and protect their eyes from long-term damage.

Watch this video about diabetes and the eyes to learn more.


Focus on Hypertension

Also known as high blood pressure, hypertension impacts the eye as well as the body. It can damage vessels that supply blood to the retina and create leakage in the eye. Without proper treatment, this can potentially lead to:

  • Bleeding in the eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Optic nerve damage
  • Blindness

Early detection of hypertension is possible through an eye exam, since the doctor can see signs of this leakage at the back of the eye.

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Hypertension can develop as a side effect of diabetes. Like common diabetes medications, certain medications used to treat hypertension can cause light sensitivity. For these reasons, UV-blocking, glare-minimizing photochromic lenses are often recommended to protect the eyes.

Watch this video about hypertension and the eyes to learn more.

Medications and Your Eyes

You might not be aware of it, but non-prescription and prescription medications can affect your healthy sight.

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Side effects for the eyes vary – from blurred vision to increased sensitivity to light. For example, several medications routinely prescribed to diabetic patients – including those for hypertension – can make the eyes more prone to UV damage, and can cause sensitivity to light and glare. They can also reduce contrast sensitivity, making it harder to see where one object begins and the other ends.

Certain medications can even contribute to the development of eye diseases, such as cataract and glaucoma. Employers should encourage their employees to talk to their eyecare professional about the medications they may be taking.

Watch this video to learn more.

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