Changing vision needs in a modern workforce
To diagnose and treat C.T.’s condition, an optometrist measured the osmolarity of his tear film, conducted infrared imaging of his oil glands, and analyzed tear production and video documentation of his blink rate and tear film. His optometrist identified that C.T. had poor oil gland function and treatment would require iLux treatment to heat and express the meibomian glands. This included a Blephex treatment to clean the eyelids and remove any blockages followed by the iLux device that heats end expresses oils from the upper and lower eyelids. C.T.’s vision and comfort were substantially improved by the treatment, but he may require additional treatment in 6-8 months.
Out-of-pocket costs: $600
Because C.T. had an eye examination and needed new progressive glasses the year prior, his insurance coverage was exhausted. C.T. paid $150 for his initial consultation and $450 for the Blephex and iLux treatments for a total of $600 spent 100% out-of-pocket.
Effective control of dry eye conditions often associated with extended computer use, requires regular monitoring and treatment resulting in substantial potential out-of-pocket expenses. Ensuring employees have adequate coverage to manage workplace related vision expenses requires new approaches to vision care benefits.
C.T. is a 50-year-old male who works in Human Resources. Despite years of dry eye therapies involving eye drops, omega-3 and hot compresses he still suffers from blurry and painful eyes when working on a computer.