Given that the U.S. workforce is aging and many employees are staying in the workforce longer, it is imperative for HR professionals to make sure their benefit packages take the overall health needs of this population into account. This session shares a research-based look at the importance of a quality vision benefit, specifically, to help maximize the eye/overall health and performance of employees age 40+.
As will be explained by Pat Huot, director of managed vision care and online retail at Transitions Optical, Inc., employees become more prone to vision problems and eye diseases after age 40, and are also at higher risk for chronic conditions that impact eye health. The session will include a detailed look at how these conditions impact medical costs and productivity loss across a workforce.
Huot will then offer a detailed review of how HR managers can help avoid the costs associated with age-related eye health conditions by offering and promoting to employees a comprehensive vision plan that includes an annual eye exam and the right eyewear options. A comprehensive eye exam can provide early detection and disease management, and many of today’s eyewear technologies have the ability to not only correct vision, but to enhance it and protect the eyes from short-term and long-term damage, such as from ultraviolet radiation and glare. However, Huot will detail primary research by Transitions Optical showing that older employees are only slightly more likely to enroll in their vision benefit, and have limited knowledge of their risk for eye-related health issues.
Given the gap in vision benefit awareness and usage among employees age 40+, employee education tools can be an important part of an HR professional’s strategy to get the most of their vision benefit. The session will conclude with a review of available educational resources, along with additional tips to educate employees about the value of their vision plan and the importance of using it to protect their eye and overall health.
Who Should Participate
HR professionals and HR managers interested in reducing medical costs and productivity losses within their workforce.
What You Will Learn
How a vision benefit can make a positive impact for employers and employees
Reasons to focus on the overall health of the aging workforce
How vision and eye health change as employees age
How eye-related systemic diseases, eye diseases and vision problems impact medical costs and productivity
Current perceptions of vision benefits among older employees
Tips and tools to educate employees about the value of their quality vision benefit
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