UnitedHealthcare improves its eye care program by helping to reduce people’s exposure to blue light

  • Separately, five school districts across the country will each receive $20,000 from UnitedHealthcare for remote learning assistive technology, as well as filters to help reduce students’ exposure to blue light.

MINNETONKA, Minnesota, January 11, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare, a UnitedHealth Group company (NYSE: UNH), is investing in new ways to help children and adults across the country reduce their exposure to blue light and support their overall eye health, amid continued screen use during COVID-19 and increased reliance on remote school and work.

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UnitedHealthcare Vision members now have access to a discount of up to 20% on Dell XPS laptops with built-in blue light blocking properties. Source: Dell Technologies

Through multiple initiatives, UnitedHealthcare is working to limit excessive blue light exposure, which could help reduce the prevalence of digital eye strain in children and adults, a growing concern as people spend an average of 13 hours a day on digital devices.1 Key efforts include:

  • Up to 20% off Dell XPS laptops with built-in blue light blocking properties of Eyesafe®. UnitedHealthcare Vision members are also eligible for a comparable discount on Eyesafe Blue Light Blocking Screen Filters to retrofit existing smartphones, tablets, laptops and computer monitors. Available to more than 23 million UnitedHealthcare Vision members nationwide, the two discount programs are designed to help reduce exposure to high-energy blue light for people buying new laptops or upgrading digital devices. existing. Eligible UnitedHealthcare members will be notified of the Dell Technologies rebate via email or will soon be able to access more information by logging on to myuhcvision.com. To get the discount on screen filters, UnitedHealthcare Vision members can go to eyesafe.com/filters and use the promo code provided at checkout.

  • Donations of $20,000 per school district to help meet their students’ technology needs, as well as screen protectors to help reduce blue light exposure for students. The following school districts will each receive a $20,000 donation to help meet the educational needs of their students: Cleveland Metro School District (OH), Roanoke City Public Schools (VA), Fort Bend Independent School District (TX), Minneapolis Public Schools (MN) and the Palm Beach County School District (FL). School districts will each be eligible to also receive a donation of 1,000 screen filters from Eyesafe to retrofit existing digital devices to reduce blue light exposure, which is especially important given eyes still in development. children.2

“Digital eye strain due in part to increased screen time is becoming a bigger problem for many Americans, including professionals working remotely and students using laptops or tablets as part of the curriculum. course,” said John Ryan, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Vision. “We take a holistic approach to helping our more than 23 million members and people across the country reduce their exposure to blue light, improving our holistic approach to health benefits and vision care.”

“XPS is synonymous with breakthrough innovation,” said Donnie Oliphant, senior director of XPS product management, Dell Technologies. “We forged a path in 2019 to integrate all XPS laptops with Eyesafe technology, and through this new collaboration, we are able to put our most awarded personal computer into the hands of UnitedHealthcare Vision members to help reduce exposure to blue light.”

For more information on blue light and digital eye strain, click here for a personalized educational guide for employers and employees, and click here for a guide for parents and educators.

About UnitedHealthcare
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the healthcare system work better for all by simplifying the healthcare experience, addressing consumer health and wellness needs and Maintaining trusting relationships with healthcare providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full range of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and healthcare professionals. , and 6,500 hospitals and other healthcare facilities nationwide. The Company also provides healthcare benefits and provides care to people through healthcare facilities owned and operated in South America. UnitedHealthcare is a business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified healthcare company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.

1 Eyesafe, 2020, https://eyesafe.com/covid-19-screen-time-spike-to-over-13-hours-per-day
2 The American Optometric Association, 2022, https://www.aoa.org/news/clinical-eye-care/health-and-wellness/blue-light-hype-or-much-ado-about-nothing?sso= there

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