HR managers want employees to have access to high-quality health care, but finding truly cost-effective benefits solutions can be a challenge. Amidst rising health care costs and legislation mandates, a common impulse might be to try to "clean house" of any supplemental employee benefits they think they can't afford to fund anymore.

However, HR managers should take a closer look at one particular benefit – vision. While vision sometimes receives limited attention from brokers and HR managers, this inconspicuous resource can actually make a big impact on employee health and productivity when used correctly.

As an HR manager myself, I can also attest to the fact that turning this already low-cost product into a voluntary benefit can serve as a cost-efficient way for employers to boost their overall health care strategy.

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