Transitions Optical summit energizes interest in vision benefits

June 18, 2013

A roundtable featuring vision care medical directors discussed a trend of U.S. employees not using vision care benefits.

Pinellas Park, FL-Transitions Optical Inc. recently sponsored a medical director roundtable to address the trend that shows significant numbers of U.S. workers are not using their vision care benefits.

The conference included representatives from the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO); National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP); Advantica; EyeMed Vision Care; Highmark Vision Holding Company; United HealthCare Specialty Benefits; VSP Vision Care, and WellPoint.

“Despite the importance of proper vision care and vision wear to safeguard and promote employees’ health and productivity, many employers spend minimal time educating on it-and employees all too often fail to take advantage,” said Julian Roberts, executive director, NAVCP and NASHO.

“As an industry, we need to recognize the importance of promoting education and challenging ourselves to continuously improve quality of care because in the end, if the public doesn’t value what we do, none of our other efforts matter,” Roberts added.

“We were pleased to have the opportunity to support the NAVCP in focusing plan attention on ways to break through and ‘invigorate vision’ to make it a higher priority, and help ensure more people get the eyecare and eyewear they need to see, feel, and perform at their best,” said Smith Wyckoff, key account manager, managed vision care/online, Transitions Optical.