VSP Introduces Diabetic Eyecare Program
January 05, 2009
Additional eyecare services available for members with Type 1 diabetes
Rancho Cordova, Calif., January 5, 2009 – VSP® Vision Care, the nation’s largest eyecare benefits provider, announced the launch of its Diabetic Eyecare Program, which provides specialized eyecare services for members with Type 1 diabetes.
Those living with Type 1 diabetes are at increased risk for diabetic eye disease, which is the leading cause of blindness among adults (National Diabetes Statistics fact sheet; HHS, NIH, 2005). The Diabetic Eyecare Program enhances a Type 1 diabetic member’s routine vision coverage by offering additional services that play an important role in the prevention, early detection, and management of related eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy. Early detection of diabetic retinopathy allows for more aggressive and effective treatment, reducing the chances of vision impairment or blindness.
“VSP is excited to launch the Diabetic Eyecare Program, which will provide our members with Type 1 diabetes the services they need to proactively monitor the impact of diabetes on their vision,” said VSP Vision Care President, Gary Brooks. “The Diabetic Eyecare Program is a great complement to our Eye Health Management program, and helps support our commitment to the overall health and wellbeing of our members.”
Members with Type 1 diabetes who participate in VSP’s Signature Plan can take advantage of the Diabetic Eyecare Program beginning January 1, 2009.
About VSP Global
VSP GlobalSM is composed of a complementary group of leading companies, all working together to meet and exceed today’s eyecare professionals’ business needs. The companies include VSP® Vision Care, the largest not-for-profit vision benefits and services company in the United States; Marchon® and Altair®, cutting-edge manufacturers, designers, and distributors of quality fashion and technologically advanced sunwear and eyewear; Eye Designs, a leader in the design of custom interiors and merchandising systems for the optical industry; Eyefinity®OfficeMate®, innovative e-commerce and practice management solutions, and electronic medical records software; and VSP Optics Group, offering ophthalmic products and providing technologically advanced lab services. VSP Global, combining the strength and expertise of each of these companies, offers a choice of integrated eyecare and eyewear programs and services that enhance eyecare professionals’ ability to deliver the best patient experience and build a thriving business.
Since 1997, VSP has provided more than 553,000 low-income, uninsured children with free eyecare. Through relationships including those with the American Diabetes Association and Prevent Blindness America, VSP promotes the importance of annual eye exams for maintaining eye health and overall wellness.