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UnitedHealthcare Eye Care Program Gives Children Across the Country Access to Comprehensive Eye Exams and Glasses

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  • New benefit program provides children with UnitedHealthcare
    vision plans a second annual covered eye exam and new pair of glasses
    – with no additional premium – if their prescription changes 0.5
    diopter or greater
  • UnitedHealthcare to offer free eye exams and glasses donations
    to children in cities across the country, helping improve access to
    eye care and raise eye-health awareness during back-to-school season

UnitedHealthcare has launched a new program that will help improve
access to comprehensive eye exams and prescription glasses for children
across the country, helping address the unique eye-health challenges
young people face.

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Back-to-school season is the ideal time for children to receive a comprehensive eye exam, as untreat ...

Back-to-school season is the ideal time for children to receive a comprehensive eye exam, as untreated vision problems can impair development, and hinder academic and athletic performance (Source: UnitedHealthcare).

The UnitedHealthcare Children's Eye Care Program will help expand access
to eye exams and glasses, including:

  • Enhanced eye care benefit at no additional premium for children
    with UnitedHealthcare vision coverage, providing plan participants up
    to age 13 a second covered eye exam and additional pair of glasses if
    their vision prescription changes 0.5 diopter or greater.* Because
    children's eyesight can change quickly, this enhancement provides
    important coverage for UnitedHealthcare vision plan participants,
    leading the industry in pediatric vision care coverage.
  • Free eye screenings, comprehensive eye exams and glasses donations for
    children in cities across the country during August and September,
    providing families with access to eye care during back-to-school
    season (see details below). Any child identified with a vision issue
    during these events will receive a free pair of prescription glasses
    if needed. One
    in four children
    have an undiagnosed vision problem that, if left
    untreated, may result in learning issues, and hinder their academic
    performance and development.

The new benefits will be available to people enrolled in
employer-sponsored and individual UnitedHealthcare vision plans across
the country before the end of 2018.

"As much as 80 percent of what children learn is through their eyes, so
the inability to see can affect their physical, emotional and social
development, and academic and athletic performance," said Tom Wiffler,
CEO of UnitedHealthcare Specialty Benefits. "The UnitedHealthcare Eye
Care Program can help improve families' eye health, offering an
important reminder to all Americans about the importance of regular
comprehensive eye exams and the connection between eye health and
overall well-being."

A child's first comprehensive eye exam should occur between 6 months and
12 months, again at age 3 and before entering school at age 5 or 6,
according to the American
Optometric Association
(AOA). Despite these recommendations, 34
percent of Americans incorrectly believe children should receive a first
comprehensive eye exam at age five or later, according to a recent
UnitedHealthcare survey.

To help expand access to eye care, UnitedHealthcare has provided grants
to nonprofit organizations in cities across the country to coordinate
free eye exams and glasses donations:

  • Prevent Blindness Texas will host a vision screening event – with
    vouchers provided for comprehensive eye exams – in Houston Friday,
    Aug. 24, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the BakerRipley Leonel Castillo Community
    Center (2101 South St., Houston, 77009).
  • Eye Care 4 Kids will host a comprehensive eye exam event in Phoenix
    Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Alhambra Family
    Resource Center (6615 N. 39th Ave., Phoenix, 85019).
  • Eye Care 4 Kids will host an exam event in Newark, N.J., Saturday,
    Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club of Newark (1
    Avon Ave., Newark, N.J., 07108).
  • Eye Care 4 Kids will host a comprehensive eye exam event in Las Vegas
    Saturday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the EyeCare4Kids clinic
    (6150 W. Smoke Ranch Rd., Las Vegas, 89108).
  • Prevent Blindness Georgia will host a vision screening event – with
    vouchers provided for comprehensive eye exams – in Atlanta in
    September at Sheltering Arms Center, Barack and Michelle Obama Academy
    (195 Tuskegee St., Atlanta, 30315), date/time TBD.
  • Prevent Blindness Wisconsin will host a vision screening event – with
    vouchers provided for comprehensive eye exams – in Milwaukee in
    September at St. Augustine Preparatory Academy (2607 S. 5th
    St., Milwaukee, 53207), date/time TBD.
  • Prevent Blindness Illinois will host a vision screening event – with
    vouchers provided for comprehensive eye exams – in Chicago in
    September, date/location TBD.

UnitedHealthcare has launched community initiatives and participated in
numerous public-private collaborations nationwide to address social
determinants of health. In Arizona and Wisconsin, UnitedHealthcare
recently donated nearly $4 million in grants, some of which will support
school-based vision screenings in collaboration with VisionQuest
20/20
.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and
making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the
health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and
sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United
States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit
programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid
beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.2 million
physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care
facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and
delivers care to people through owned and operated health care
facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses
of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), a diversified health care company.
For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or
follow @UHC on Twitter.

*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

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