MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--People enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored and individual vision plans now have network access to GlassesUSA.com, giving more than 19 million Americans online access to order prescription glasses and sunglasses for little or no out-of-pocket costs.
The relationship marks the first time UnitedHealthcare has established a network agreement with an online-only eyewear retailer. Eligible UnitedHealthcare vision plan participants can purchase — often for a co-pay of $25 or less — more than 7,000 styles of glasses, including designer labels such as Gucci®, Oakley®, Ray-Ban® and Versace®.
The online market for eyewear continues to grow, with Americans annually spending more than $2.6 billion across lenses, frames, contact lenses, sunglasses and readers, according to The Vision Council.
“People are increasingly looking to access health care resources remotely, so this new network relationship offers UnitedHealthcare plan participants improved convenience and affordability while shopping for eyewear online,” said John Ryan, general manager, UnitedHealthcare Vision. “Through an interactive experience offered by GlassesUSA.com, our members can shop for — and virtually try on — thousands of pairs of house brands and designer eyewear from the comfort of their homes.”
GlassesUSA.com offers one of the largest online collections of eyewear, producing and shipping thousands of glasses to people each day with the assurance of free shipping and returns. With an online shopping experience that includes a “virtual mirror” (try-on) feature and Prescription Scanner App that enables users to extract their prescription from their current glasses, GlassesUSA.com offers 24/7 customer service, transparent pricing and benefit plan integration.
The new network relationship gives UnitedHealthcare vision plan participants access — at no additional cost — to leading lens solutions, including anti-reflective coating (anti-glare), scratch resistant coating and ultraviolet (UV) coating. Plus, eligible plan participants can personalize their eyewear with a wide range of coatings and lenses, including blue light blocking, mirrored, polarized, transitions, polycarbonate, digital progressive and thin high-index lenses.
“We are proud to work with UnitedHealthcare and help support the eye health of millions of vision plan participants nationwide. This collaboration is an important milestone in furthering our mission to improve the way people purchase eyewear,” said Daniel Rothman, CEO and co-founder, GlassesUSA.com.
UnitedHealthcare’s vision network includes more than 30,000 health care professionals at more than 106,000 access points, including 48 of the top 50 top retailers.1 UnitedHealthcare vision plan participants can find more information about their benefits at GlassesUSA.com/UHC.
GlassesUSA.com is the fastest growing, leading online eyewear retailer. Offering a variety of high-quality designer and house brands in a wide-range of styles — single vision glasses, multifocals, sunglasses, sports glasses, kids glasses, contact lenses, digital protection and more —GlassesUSA.com was built on the belief that purchasing eyewear shouldn’t break the bank and is on a mission to change the way consumers purchase eyewear. As a disruptor in the eyewear category, GlassesUSA.com continues to innovate the industry with tools that further the brand’s mission such as their proprietary Prescription Scanner App, which extracts current prescription from any pair of glasses, and their AR Virtual Mirror, which enables consumers to see how the frames will look on them from the comfort of their home. The online retailer has been recognized by Internet Retailer and Inc. 5000 as a category leader. For more information, please visit www.GlassesUSA.com, www.facebook.com/GlassesUSA, and www.instagram.com/glassesusa.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. In the United States, UnitedHealthcare offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1.3 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. The company also provides health benefits and delivers care to people through owned and operated health care facilities in South America. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified health care company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @UHC on Twitter.
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1 UnitedHealthcare internal analysis based on Vision Monday report of top retailers, 2020, https://bt.e-ditionsbyfry.com/publication/?m=&i=587164&p=8