Your vision benefits are a valuable asset that can help you save money on eye care, maintain healthy eyes and ensure clear vision. Here are some tips and examples of how to make the most of your vision coverage and maximize your benefits.
1. Understand your vision benefits plan or coverage
The first step is to understand what your vision benefits cover. This information should be included in your insurance policy or plan documents. It typically specifies the annual allowance for an eye exam, glasses and contact lenses. It may also cover other services, such as laser eye surgery.
2. Schedule a yearly eye exam
Even if you don’t have any vision problems, it's important to get an eye exam every year. This is the best way to detect eye diseases early when they're most treatable. Your vision care benefits should cover the cost of your annual eye exam.
3. Get new eyeglasses or sunglasses
If you need new eyeglasses or sunglasses, your vision benefits may help you pay for them. The amount of coverage you receive will vary depending on your plan. Some plans only cover the cost of basic frames and lenses, while others may cover more expensive options, such as progressive or photochromic lenses.
4. Upgrade lenses or lens coatings
Did you know you can use your vision coverage to upgrade your lenses or lens coating? For example, you could get an anti-reflective lens coating to reduce glare, a scratch-resistant lens coating to protect your lenses or high-index lenses for a lighter and thinner profile.
5. Purchase specialty eyewear
Your vision insurance may also cover the cost of specialty eyewear, such as computer reading glasses or prescription sunglasses. These types of glasses can help improve your vision for specific activities or in certain environments.
6. Get a backup pair of glasses
It's a good idea to have a backup pair of glasses in case your primary pair breaks or gets lost. Your vision benefits may cover the cost of a backup pair.
If you have questions about your vision care benefits, be sure to contact your insurance company or plan administrator. They can help you understand your coverage and answer any questions you may have.
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