Starting later this year, UnitedHealthcare will launch the Children’s Eye Care Program, providing an enhanced eye care benefit at no additional premium for children with UnitedHealthcare vision coverage.
The enhanced benefit will provide eligible vision plan participants up to age 13 a second covered eye exam and additional pair of glasses – each plan year or calendar year – 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.
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 5 or later, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey.
To help share information about children’s eye health, new health and wellness materials will be available at myuhcvision.com. UnitedHealthcare will also coordinate free eye exams and glasses donations for children in cities across the country, helping improve access to quality eye care and raise eye health awareness during back-to-school season. Click here for more details about the exams and donation events in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Newark, and Phoenix.
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.
*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