Study: Americans with stand-alone vision insurance plans more likely to receive annual eye examination

September 24, 2017

Children whose parents have stand-alone vision benefits are more likely to receive routine eye care according to the study. Parents with stand-alone vision benefits are more than twice as likely to take their children to the eye doctor (29-percent) than those with exam benefits bundled through their medical plans (12.5-percent).

"There may be thousands of children with perceived or misdiagnosed learning disabilities who really need an eye exam and, in many cases, simply need a pair of glasses," added Sanchez. "Building awareness for regularly scheduled eye exams as part of overall health is important for all family members. Stand-alone vision plans are, as the study indicates, a key part of the overall health care equation."

Additionally, consumer continuity of care with stand-alone vision coverage is higher when compared to those consumers who have coverage bundled with major medical.  The study revealed 36-percent of patients with stand-alone coverage received an eye examination in consecutive years, compared to 22-percent of patients with bundled care.  

Rob Lynch, CEO of VSP? Vision Care comments, "The key factor in an eye health and overall health maintenance program is the delivery of consistent care resulting in high consumer satisfaction. Patients with stand-alone vision benefits develop longer, deeper and more lasting relationships with their eye doctors than those with bundled insurance.  As such, stand-alone patients are more likely to have a health care experience that has a more impactful role on the broader spectrum of their general health."

SOURCE National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP)