A national employee benefits provider finds that cutting vision health insurance benefits may lead to one-third of working millennials to look for a new job.
According to an online survey conducted by Unum of more than 1,200 people working in the United States, 34 percent of people aged 25 to 34 consider vision insurance to be a key factor when choosing (or leaving) an employer.
“As the job market gets more competitive, we find that benefits can often be a big differentiator to prospective, and even current, employees,” Amy Mann, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, for Versant Health, a national managed eye health and vision plan company, said in a company news release. “Vision insurance allows you to get a comprehensive eye exam, as well as significantly reduce the cost of corrective eyeglasses and contact lenses, which are usually not covered under traditional healthcare plans.”
While vision problems are often seen as issues that affect older Americans, more young adults are dealing with vision concerns, especially myopia, likely caused by near-work requirements, as well as cell phone and tablet use.