To help with distance learning, school districts across the country to receive a combined $100,000 to help meet the needs of their students, including for technology such as laptops with blue-light filtering properties
Eligible children with select UnitedHealthcare Vision plans have coverage – at no additional cost – for eyewear with premium anti-reflective coating to help reduce exposure to blue light*
UnitedHealthcare and Eyesafe to host Blue Light Summit 2020 on Oct. 15 and release the Screen Time 2020 Report; separate webinar will provide information to help reduce digital eye strain for students, parents, teachers and school administrators on Oct. 13
UnitedHealthcare has launched a vision program that will help children across the country reduce their exposure to blue light and support their overall eye health, addressing the unique eye-health challenges young people may face amid COVID-19.
The new enhancements for the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Eye Care Program are designed to help reduce the prevalence of digital eye strain among young people, a growing concern given people spend an average of 13 hours per day on digital devices.1 Key details include:
In advance of the Blue Light Summit 2020, Eyesafe, a leader in screen time and blue light solutions, and UnitedHealthcare have issued the “Screen Time 2020 Report”, which includes survey results from employers and vision care providers related to screen time and blue light exposure. The “Screen Time 2020 Report” revealed that 94% of eye care providers surveyed are “very concerned” to “somewhat concerned” about the impact of digital device screen time on their patients’ eyes; among employers, more than 77% of respondents are “somewhat” to “very concerned” about the impact of digital device screen time on their employees’ eyes and health.3
“Digital eye strain due in part to increased screen time is becoming a more significant issue for many Americans, including professionals working remotely and students engaged in distance learning,” said John Ryan, general manager, UnitedHealthcare Vision. “We are taking a comprehensive approach to help our more than 20 million vision members and Americans nationwide to help reduce their exposure to blue light, enhancing our whole-person approach to health benefits and vision care.”
Digital eye strain, which is caused by prolonged use of computers, smartphones or tablets, may cause symptoms such as sore, tired, watery or dry eyes, headache, or sore neck, shoulder or back. More than 50% of computer users may experience digital eye strain.4
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2 The American Optometric Association, 2020, https://www.aoa.org/Documents/OptometryCares/Blue%20Light%20Impact%20in%20Children.pdf
3 Screen Time 2020 Report[remove italics and add quote marks?] survey of 157 eye care professionals and 500 employers, July 2020
4 BMJ Open Ophthalmology, 2018, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6020759/
*Enhanced benefit design available to new UnitedHealthcare vision customers with between 100 and 1,000 eligible plan participants and case effective dates between Oct. 1, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021.
**Second covered eye exam and glasses is per plan or calendar year depending on the policy and requires applicable copays; second pair does not include contact lenses.