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6/10/2013

According to VSP Vision Care, Boise ranks #1 for the best eye health in 2013.

VSP Vision Care Names 2013's Most Eye Healthy Cities

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., June 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VSP(R) Vision Care (VSP) announces the results of the 2013 Eye Health Index, revealing Boise City, Idaho, as the top city where more residents took care of their eyes in 2012. In fact, Boise City had the highest rate of eye exams compared to any other city on the index for the past two years.

The Eye Health Index reviews tens of millions of VSP claims from more than 100 geographic areas across the country to identify which cities and regions are the most focused on maintaining their eye health.  VSP (www.vsp.com), the largest not-for-profit vision benefits company in the United States with 59 million members, began analyzing claim data in 2012 to recognize the top cities whose citizens are getting eye exams as part of their healthcare routine. In addition to helping identify vision correction needs, eye exams also help ensure that the eyes and body are healthy, as eye doctors are often first to detect signs of serious health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

For 2013, Boise City and Des Moines, Iowa, made the top 10 for the first time. The Sacramento, Calif., and Oklahoma City-Tulsa, Okla., regions showed strong gains, jumping from No. #10 and No. #9 to No. #2 and No. #3, respectively. Additionally, the analysis showed that women—who are statistically at a greater risk for eye-related diseases—take a more concerted effort to care for their eyes. Women go to the eye doctor 28 percent more than men and represent about 60 percent of the eye exam claim analyzed.

The Top 10 2013 Eye Healthy Regions in the United States:

  1. Boise, Idaho
  2. Sacramento, Calif. (No. #10 in 2012)
  3. Oklahoma City-Tulsa, Okla. (No. #9 in 2012)
  4. Wichita, Kan. (No. #2 in 2012)
  5. Columbus, OH (No. #6 in 2012)
  6. Des Moines, Iowa
  7. Birmingham, Ala. (No. #4 in 2012)2
  8. Denver, Colo. (No. #5 in 2012)
  9. Raleigh, N.C. (No. #3 in 2012)
  10. Bay Area, Calif. (San Jose was No. #7 in 2012)1

All markets include the greater surrounding geographic area.

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