MINNETONKA, Minn.—UnitedHealthcare Vision has announced new initiatives to help improve access to testing and treatment for myopia. The company recently joined the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC), with Lori Archer, UnitedHealthcare Vision CEO, being appointed as a board member. By joining GMAC, UnitedHealthcare will be further supporting myopia awareness and strengthening a group of leading ophthalmic companies and eye health associations focused on addressing the growing consequences of myopia, the company noted. Additionally, UnitedHealthcare Vision stated that it is working to help make access to care for nearsightedness more affordable for eligible members, while separately helping reduce excessive exposure to blue light for children and adults.

The company is offering discounts on Eyesafe Blue Light Screen Protectors as well as its Children’s Eye Care Program, which provides enhanced benefits for children up to age 13 years at no additional cost. UnitedHealthcare Vision members in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle and the Washington, D.C. area also now have access to a complimentary comprehensive assessment for myopia and a value-added discount of $250 off the first year of myopia management treatment for new pediatric patients through a partnership with Treehouse Eyes at participating locations.

"We live in a digital world, and while myopia can be a hereditary condition, there’s no question increased use of screens, especially at a close range and for long periods of time, is having an impact on our eye health,” said Lori Archer, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Vision and board member for the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition.

“To help, UnitedHealthcare Vision members may have access to blue light protection for children and adults," she noted, in addition to other benefits.