Top 10 Eye-Healthy Cities in United States for 2014

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Oct. 14, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- For the second year in a row, Boise, Idaho, is the top eye-healthy city in the annual Eye Health Index released by not-for-profit VSP® Vision Care, the largest vision benefits provider in the U.S., with nearly 67 million members.

"Obtaining an annual eye exam is a critical step toward not only preserving your vision but also maintaining your overall health through early disease detection," said Jim McGrann, president of VSP Vision Care. "We commend all of our members who have made eye care a part of their regular health routine."

Top 10 Eye-Healthy Cities in the United States for 2014

  1. Boise, Idaho
  2. Reno, Nev.
  3. Oklahoma City, Okla.
  4. Huntsville, Ala.
  5. Des Moines, Iowa
  6. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  7. Birmingham, Ala.
  8. Little Rock, Ark.
  9. Denver, Colo.
  10. Evansville, Ind.

Oklahoma City and Birmingham maintained rankings on the 2014 Eye Health Index. These two, along with Denver, were the only cities to make the Index every year since its inception.

VSP began analyzing aggregate data from tens of millions of claims in 2012 to recognize the top cities whose residents received eye exams as part of their healthcare routines. The 2014 Index rankings were determined by looking at the percentage of VSP members who received an eye exam in 2013 in cities with at least 100,000 VSP members.

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VSP Global® unites industry-leading businesses to bring the highest quality eye care and eyewear products and services to help people see across the globe. VSP Global businesses include not-for-profit VSP Vision Care, the largest vision care company with nearly 72 million members and a network of 30,000 eye doctors in the U.S., Australia, United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland; Marchon® Eyewear Inc., one of the three largest global manufacturers, designers and distributors of quality fashion and technologically advanced eyewear and sunwear; Eyefinity®, the largest EHR and premier practice management software company for the eye care industry; VSP Optics Group, industry leaders in new lens technologies, production processes, service and logistics; and VSP Retail, delivering a memorable consumer experience through a variety of channels that meet the diverse needs of VSP customers. VSP Global businesses operate in 100 countries on 6 continents.

To date, through Eyes of Hope outreach programs such as VSP Mobile Eyes® and Sight for Students®, and partnering organizations including the American Red Cross and Optometry Giving Sight, VSP Global businesses have invested over $168 million in free eyecare and eyewear for more than 920,000 adults and children in need.

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2014 Eye Health Index Infographic

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