UnitedHealth Helps with Blue Light Danger

UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) saw its shares drop Wednesday, on news its UnitedHealthcare arm is investing in new ways to help children and adults across the country reduce their exposure to blue light and support their overall eye health, amid ongoing use of screens during COVID-19 and the greater reliance on remote school and work.

Wednesday’s news release reported that, through multiple initiatives, UnitedHealthcare is working to help limit excessive exposure to blue light, which could help reduce the prevalence of digital eye strain among children and adults, a growing concern given people spend an average of 13 hours per day on digital devices.

Key efforts include: a discount of up to 20% on Dell XPS laptops with embedded blue-light-blocking properties from Eyesafe UnitedHealthcare Vision members are also eligible for a comparable discount onEyesafe Blue Light Screen Filters to retrofit existing smartphones, tablets, laptops and computer monitors.

Available to more than 23 million UnitedHealthcare Vision members nationwide, both discount programs are designed to help reduce exposure to high-energy blue light for people purchasing new laptops or retrofitting existing digital devices. Eligible UnitedHealthcare members will be notified about the Dell Technologies discount via email or will soon be able to access more information by logging into myuhcvision.com .

Donations of $20,000 per school district are being made to schools in five different states, to help meet the technology needs of their students, plus screen protectors to help reduce students’ exposure to blue light for students.

UNH shares demurred 34 cents to $468.79.