Enabling Vision Care Choice
It starts with pulling a book, a phone or a menu away from your eyes, so you can see the print more clearly. As words on a page or text on a computer screen become more difficult to see, you might try to compensate with a magnifying glass. Eventually, you consult with your eye doctor, who recommends a prescription and the perfect pair of glasses to bring everything into focus.
By 2020, presbyopia, a condition that occurs with aging and includes the gradual loss of the eyes’ ability to focus on nearby objects, is expected to affect 123 million individuals – a 36 percent increase since 20131. The condition is usually addressed with lenses that help people see more clearly near and far; VSP® Vision Care, a leading vision care insurance company, processes more than 4.5M member claims for lined bi-focal and progressive lenses each year.
In a move to make options more affordable for companies and plan participants, VSP now covers standard progressive lenses in-full—in addition to fully covered lined bifocal and trifocal lenses—for most individuals who have vision coverage through an employer2 or through VSP Individual Vision Plans. Discounted pricing on premium and custom lenses is also available.
While “standard” doesn’t cover all progressive lenses, this expanded coverage provides more options for members who experience signs of presbyopia. The good news is that members don’t have to worry about figuring out which lens option to go with. Their eye doctor will help them determine what’s best for them based on their needs.
“This is about changing the way benefits brokers and participants look at vision solutions,” said VSP Senior Vice President, Dan Morgan. “We are continually looking for opportunities to add value for employers and members. With this in mind, we are pleased to now cover standard progressives in most of our plans, so VSP network doctors have a wider variety of covered options when considering which lens best suits their patients’ individual lifestyle and vision needs.”
1. 2012 Global Presbyopia Report by Market Scope, LLC.
2. Some exceptions apply.