Vision care is an essential component of any employer's wellness or health care program. Annual eye exams not only detect diseases of the eye like cataracts and glaucoma, but also enable early detection of other diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure. And, early identification and correction of sight problems in children can greatly aid in performance at school.
Clearly, vision care is important. And more so when you consider that:
- Approximately 61% of the U.S. population of 278 million people (2001) wears some form of vision correction - that's 169 million people wearing glasses or contact lenses. (Source: U.S. Optical Industry Handbook 2002, Jobson Publishing)
- As the baby boom generation ages, a higher percentage of people will need vision correction, meaning the number of people wearing glasses or contact lenses will continue to climb rapidly.
- In 2001, the average retail price for eyeglasses, including frame and lenses, was $175. (Source: U.S. Optical Industry Handbook 2002, Jobson Publishing)
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