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EMPLOYEE PREFERENCE, ATTRACTION & RETENTION

An additional advantage of vision plans is that they can help employers increase employee attraction and retention.

Plus, encouraging employees to sign up for and use a vision plan allows them to become more savvy health consumers.

Did you know that employees already recognize vision coverage as an important part of their overall healthcare package?

  • More than 8 out of 10 consumers want vision coverage as part of their benefits package, even though only 6 out of 10 need vision correction.
  • Research shows that consumers in new account-based medical plans are becoming more willing to spend money in the present to avoid adverse health effects in the future.

One key idea that should resonate with employers is that different groups within their workforce may have unique vision needs. Offering a comprehensive vision benefit that meets the needs of older workers, parents, women and certain ethnicities can help employers stand out to potential hires and keep current workers healthy and satisfied with their benefits package.


 

Older Workers

Today's workforce is continuing to get older...which means that comprehensive health benefits will be critical in helping employers retain this highly experienced sector of their employee base. Some facts you can share with employers include:

Older Workforce
  • Between 2000 and 2010, the number of workers aged 45-64 increased by more than 30 percent, from 62 million to 81.5 million. This group now makes up one-fourth of the population.
  • Retiree medical coverage is receding, forcing employees to continue working longer to maintain their valuable health benefits. At the same time, many older Americans in the workforce are dealing with reduced healthcare benefits, as employers struggle to manage economic and healthcare reform pressures.
  • Since eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration become more common with age, quality vision care and vision wear options will be even more important for these workers.
  • As you know, the lens lets less light through as it ages. Consider that people in their 60s need three times more ambient light for comfortable reading than those in their 20s! At the same time, older employees are more sensitive to bright light, and may experience decreased color vision and trouble adapting to darkness. This makes lens options that reduce reflections and glare especially important.
  • As workers age, they will also value a vision plan that covers progressive lenses. Check out the employee newsletter on progressive lenses in the Vision Education Kit, and learn more about the aging eye here.
  • Since Medicare may subsidize some medical benefits, older employees may be even more interested in ancillary benefits, such as vision.

 

Parents

Employees with children will appreciate a vision benefit that helps to protect their kids' healthy sight. Some key points for employers to consider are that:

  • Seventy percent of learning occurs through the eyes, so overall eye health is critical for a child's development.
  • Eye exams can help detect diabetes in its earlier stages, and regular eye care can help manage related eye diseases.
  • Today, nearly 1 out of every 3 kids in the United States is overweight or at risk for becoming overweight – greatly contributing to diabetes becoming one of the most common chronic diseases among school-aged children. Watch a video sharing an ophthalmologist's perspective on the impact of diabetes on children's eye health.
  • Kids get three times more sun exposure than adults, and are more active, so impact-resistant eyewear that blocks UV and glare is especially important to protect their eyes.

For a kids-related tool to share with employers, check out the employee newsletter on kids in the Vision Education Kit.

Blurred Vision

Vision problems can cause difficulty reading, trouble seeing the blackboard, frustration or low self-esteem, redness or tearing of the eyes and headaches

 

Ethnicities

Many employers may be unaware that several ethnicities are more likely to experience vision problems or suffer from medical conditions that can impact vision. You can play a key role in conveying to employers how especially important it is for these people to receive regular eye care and protect their eyes from damaging factors such as ultraviolet light. Some examples you can share include:

Ethnicities
  • Hispanics have a greater risk of developing cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
  • They are twice as likely as whites to develop diabetes, and are also more prone to hypertension.
  • They are the group least likely to have their eyes examined regularly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • African Americans are twice as likely as whites to develop diabetes, up to eight times more likely if they have preexisting hypertension.
  • They are five times more likely than whites to develop glaucoma.
  • Asian Americans are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than the general population.
  • Since Asian Americans are less likely to be obese, doctors are often late in diagnosing them as diabetic – reinforcing the importance of the eye exam for early detection.
  • Because of the narrow shape of their eyes, Asian Americans are more likely to develop angle-closure glaucoma, which is caused by a rapid or sudden increase in pressure inside the eye.

For education tools to share with employers and employees, check out the e-newsletter on Hispanic eye health needs, and watch these videos on the eye health needs of Hispanic Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans.

Watch a video with easy steps employees can take to protect their vision today and in the future. Play Video

Women

As you know, women are more likely than men to suffer from eye-related diseases and certain conditions that can affect the eyes, including:

  • Cataract, glaucoma,and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
  • Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Transitions lenses vision benefits for Women

Employers may also be interested to know that:

  • Women are more likely to report trouble seeing at night, eyestrain, light sensitivity and dry eye.
  • They are more likely than men to take prescription and non-prescription medications, many of which can seriously impact vision.
  • Women who are pregnant may experience changes in lens prescription, worsening of diabetic retinopathy, and blindness in rare cases.
  • Women who have experienced gestational diabetes have a 40-60 percent chance of developing diabetes in the next five to 10 years (CDC).

For more details to share with employers, check out the employee e-newsletter on women and eye health on the Tools page.

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