Our Community Commitment
We value giving back to our communities. The goal of our outreach programs is to improve the accessibility, affordability, usability, and quality of vision care in the communities we serve.
Eye Health and Safety Campaigns
Each quarter, we provide our clients and many providers with seasonal tips regarding vision health and safety. These tips are also available online for our members.
Volunteer Optometrists in Services to Humanity (VOSH)
UnitedHealthcare Vision has a long-standing partnership with Volunteer Optometrists in Service to Humanity (VOSH). At the local level, we provide eyeglass frames to VOSH chapters at Schools of Optometry for use in their community clinics. These contributions so far are valued at nearly $1 million. We also provide direct contributions to VOSH International to sustain ongoing programs of their organization. In 2005, we made a special contribution to the University of Houston College of Optometry for their work assisting people affected by Hurricane Katrina and to VOSH International for their work helping South Asia tsunami victims.
For more information on Volunteer Optometrists in Services to Humanity, visit www.VOSH.org.
Vision Council of America
UnitedHealthcare Vision was the first vision plan to form a partnership with the Vision Council of America to support the VCA’s "Check Yearly, See Clearly" (CYSC) campaign. We supply our client employers with regular CYSC newsletters for their employees. In addition, we provide significant support for a national public service campaign developed by VCA’s Better Vision Institute and Reading is Fundamental that promotes annual eye exams for children.
For more information on Vision Council of America (VCA), visit www.visionsite.org
The National Eye Institute
UnitedHealthcare Vision is the only corporate sponsor of The Eye Site, an interactive exhibit about low vision, developed by the National Eye Institute. Other partners include the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, and leading organizations and services for the vision- impaired.
For more information on The National Eye Institute, visit www.nei.nih.gov
Lutheran Mission Society
For many years, clients of this central Maryland organization have been able to receive eye exams and glasses, if necessary, at no cost through the United Optical retail stores in Maryland. Staff members at the Lutheran Mission Society work with clients prior to sending them to United Optical for a free exam and pair of eyeglasses, if needed.
For more information on the Lutheran Mission Society, visit www.lmsmd.org
Unity Health Care
In 2005, UnitedHealthcare Vision extended our Visible Victories program to Unity Health Care, a District of Columbia provider of health services for thousands of Washington, DC, residents. Clients of Unity Health Care receive free eye exams and eyeglasses, if necessary, through UnitedHealthcare Vision’s United Optical retail stores in Washington, DC. UnitedHealth Group, our parent company, has pledged significant support to Unity Health Care over the next several years to improve access to health care for residents of the District of Columbia.
For more information on Unity Health Care, visit www.unityhealthcare.org
University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology
UnitedHealthcare Vision contributions support the school’s glaucoma screening programs for underserved elderly in Baltimore and also allow the Department of Ophthalmology to provide glasses at no charge for patients who are unable to afford them.
For more information on University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology, visit http://medschool.umaryland.edu/ophthalmology