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Nearly all HR professionals associate getting an eye exam with getting a new prescription, but only 60 percent associate an eye exam with diagnosing diseases not affecting the eyes.

When discussing vision with employers, consider emphasizing how a vision benefit has the potential to reduce overall healthcare expenditures and employee absenteeism.

Keep in mind that two of the top three employee health concerns among today's employers — diabetes and heart disease — are tied to vision. Consider focusing on key facts such as:

  • Businesses lose $8 billion annually due to vision-related problems.
  • Employees are more likely to visit their eye doctor annually than their general physician, making the eye exam important in early detection and prevention of both eye and systemic diseases.
  • 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 employers up to $7 for every $1 they spend on it.

You can also talk about the impact of conditions such as diabetes and hypertension on eye health, and how vision care and vision wear can help alleviate vision problems caused by these diseases.


Focus on Diabetes

Employers will be interested to learn that diabetes can contribute to serious eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, cataract, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. 90 percent of severe vision loss and blindness caused by diabetic retinopathy can be prevented with proper eye care.

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Since diabetes can be detected through an eye exam, you can emphasize that seeing an eye doctor regularly is a helpful way for employees to keep tabs on their overall health, which is important, considering that nearly one quarter of diabetics don't know they have the disease.

Remind employers that 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 featuring an ophthalmologist's perspective on the toll of diabetes on the eye, which can be used in your education efforts.


Focus on Hypertension

Many employers might not be aware that hypertension impacts the eye as well as the body. As you know, it can damage vessels that supply blood to the retina and create leakage in the eye. Without proper treatment, this can potentially lead to vision problems and vision loss.

Early Detection

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

Employers may be interested to learn that hypertension can develop as a side effect of diabetes, and that certain medications used to treat hypertension can cause light sensitivity. Consider explaining that UV-blocking, glare-minimizing photochromic lenses are often recommended to protect the eyes.

Watch these videos featuring an ophthalmologist's perspective on the impact of hypertension and medications on the eye, which can be used in your education efforts.

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Medications and the Eyes

Six out of 10 HR professionals believe their employees are unaware of the potential negative effects of prescription and non-prescription medications on vision. Emphasize to employees the importance of talking to their eyecare professional about the medications they may be taking.

Watch this video to learn more.

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