A new addition to UnitedHealthcare's vision benefits are discounts on select laptops that reduce a user's blue light exposure, the payer announced Jan. 11.
The move is an effort to address eye health by reducing blue light consumption, which could lead to eye strain. Adults and children spend on average 13 hours a day using a digital device.
The payer is offering 23 million members a 20 percent discount on Dell XPS laptops with blue light-blocking screens, as well as discounts on Eyesafe Blue Light Screen Filters for their current devices.
Additionally, UnitedHealthcare announced it would be making $20,000 donations to five schools around the country to support technology needs and reduce blue light exposure. In addition to the funds, schools will also receive 1,000 screen filters to reduce blue light exposure.
"Digital eye strain due in part to increased screen time is becoming a more significant issue for many Americans, including professionals working remotely and students using laptops or tablets as part of course curriculum," said John Ryan, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Vision. "We are taking a comprehensive approach to help our more than 23 million vision members and people across the country reduce their exposure to blue light, enhancing our whole-person approach to health benefits and vision care."