4 Things You Need to Know About Buying Eyewear

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A lot of thought goes into choosing the perfect frame when you’re buying eyewear. Eyewear is something you wear on a daily basis, and it’s more than a medical device that helps you see—it’s a fashion statement. Your frames are a true reflection of your personality: from sophisticated and wise to edgy and adventurous.

When it comes to choosing the perfect pair for your style and personality, here are four factors to consider:

1. Get an updated prescription.

Your prescription can change from year to year, so it’s important to get a yearly comprehensive eye exam from a licensed optometrist. In addition to correcting your vision with a new prescription, a comprehensive eye exam allows your doctor to check for signs of eye diseases like glaucoma or macular degeneration as well as a host of other health concerns like diabetes, high cholesterol or hypertension. Can’t remember the last time you had an exam? You’re probably overdue. Luckily, there are more than 38,000 doctors in the VSP network—from coast to coast—to make it easy. Find a doctor near you today to get an updated prescription.

See an eye doctor

2. Buying eyewear online isn’t always easier (or cheaper).

The most important thing to do when buying eyewear, is research the quality of the frame and lens materials being used because those factors can make a huge difference in your cost and satisfaction. For example, what types of lenses are included in the price? How much is anti-reflective coating? If you have vision benefits, can you use them? And, for those of you with progressive lenses, you may find it difficult to order eyewear online altogether.

The best way to get quality eyewear that you know will fit you properly is to see your eye doctor. If you’re an online-only type of person, you should check out Eyeconic. It’s the only online, in-network retailer for VSP members. Most VSP members can use their vision benefits to buy eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses, and contacts. Eyeconic can even handle almost any kind of prescription, including progressive lenses and multiple lens treatments. Plus, if you’d like, they can send your glasses directly to your doctor at no-cost to you, so you get that perfect fit on every pair.

Buying eyewear online

3. Frames aren’t a one-size-fits-all.

Your face is unique, so each frame is going to feel and look different on you than everyone else. For example, if your frames are too big and don’t fit the bridge of your nose properly, they can slip. Plus, most faces feature asymmetrical or uneven features, which is why your doctor’s office is trained to adjust the frames to sit evenly on your unique face.

Eyewear also comes in all kinds of shapes, and it’s worth noting that certain frame shapes look better on certain face shapes. So take the time to consult properly with your eye doctor’s office on which style is right for you.

Face shape for glasses

4. Customization goes beyond the frames.

Glasses are, of course, used for a medical purpose. So they need to do more than just look good—they need to work! When it comes to lenses, it’s important to know you have choices in lens enhancements and materials. Lens enhancements are things like anti-reflective coatings and blue light reduction. Your needs can vary by age, activity and personal preference.

There are even different lens materials to pick from, such as upgrading to polycarbonate lenses or high-index lenses for the thinnest appearance and lightest weight. Your doctor’s office can help you select the best option for your prescription needs and personal preferences. Pro tip: if you like a lot of lens options, make sure you stay within your insurance network to maximize your benefits. Plus, if you’re a VSP member, find out how you can save even more on Unity lenses and enhancements here.

Lens Enhancements




  • judith wyman says:

    wanting info about vsp please.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Judith, just visit VSP.com for more information. -David, VSP

    • Cody says:

      Can I bring in a pair of glasses I bought at Walmart to my eye Dr. At bardes optical and have them put my prescription lenses in em? Email me please, because I don’t know if I will be able to find my way back to blog.

    • Alisa says:

      Can you submit a claim for contacts purchased outside of the US?

      • Angelina F. says:

        Hi Alisa,
        For this type of question, you can contact VSP Member Services at (800) 877-7195 or send an email using the form under the Contact Us section on http://www.vsp.com and we’re happy to help. To best assist you, please be prepared to provide the subscriber/member name, date of birth, and last four digits of the Social Security number. Please note that although we make reasonable efforts to protect your information from loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet.
        -Angelina F., VSP

  • J says:

    That’s a joke seeing how they use ray bans as an example. I’m buying Maui jims for the quality and look so I’m not buying prescription which is way cheaper than buying from a private .

    • David C. says:

      Hi Dolejoriginal, the price comparison was based on popular prescription frames available at both retail and private practices. -David, VSP

    • Jim says:

      Maui Jim sets the retail price of their sunglasses. Any retailer, private or corporate, has a contract that stipulates they will not discount Maui Jim sunwear. Anyone selling for less is violating that contract and will not be selling them for long. They will also have no warranty support.

  • Lisa s says:

    I only buy from independent doctors….the quality of the lenses are far superior, especially progressive, transitions, and crizal lense treatment.

  • Nikki H says:

    Even if you think you see clerly, always get your annual eye exams.

  • carla hoffman says:

    This is perfect and a need to know Up-to-date prescription: Your eye doctor will make sure your prescription hasn’t changed and your eyes are healthy through a comprehensive eye exam before picking out your new style. This is especially critical for young children whose eyesight can change regularly. Glasses with the wrong prescription don’t help you see!

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  • Mike says:

    Seems like most of this information is bogus. I just bought progressive lens for my racquetball glasses and received a $25 payment from the eye coverage. The reason? We got you a discount of $65 (which the provider gives) and those were DELUXE lenses, not standard lenses. After 20 minutes on the phone with a representative, I was brow beat to the realization the eye plan will pay more on OUT DATED technology than they will to help buy current best technology. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!!! I paid $365 in monthly premiums and $200 co-pay on a set of $300 lenses. RIP OFF! Will drop the eye plan in the future

  • Jennifer says:

    The only issue I have is that the VSP provider jacks up the price of the frames that you can find at other places like Pearl Vision and Lens Crafters for cheaper. If they didn’t jack up the prices it would be a good deal, but not when I can buy the frames for $90.00 less and get a certificate that they are real somewhere else.When I get my Gucci glasses from VSP I didn’t get a certificate that they were real, nor did I receive a Gucci case for them (they said they didn’t have one at the time). Also, the selection is not very good at the VSP providers I’ve been to.
    Then I find out that I can’t just buy my frames at VSP, I also need to get the lens at the same time or I won’t receive the discount. So if you like a frame, you can’t buy an extra frame at the same time. If I bring my own frames in, they won’t put lens in them. Personally I don’t see the advantage of having this provider. All of the VSP providers near me have all been super rude and I’ve been forced to use them. Very unhappy with VSP. I won’t be signing up for this so called ‘benefit’ next year.

  • hugh devlin says:

    VSP didn’t work for me for correctives lens @ Sears & Fred Meyers, who are on the perferred providers list, I don’t know what to do about that?

  • Allson says:

    What about purchasing through sites like zennioptical.com? I’ve been purchasing my glasses through them for several years now and have not noticed any trouble. Sometimes the glasses fit too big on my face but I just kept that in mind when I put in my next order. Is there anything wrong with using retailers like this? I am just getting generic frames with standard corrective lenses…. no need for ray bans or any other name brand designer here…

  • Tracy says:

    I understand getting an exam yearly, but you can take the updated prescription info from your doctor and go to lens crafters and get your glasses for half the price. Private practices just charge too much, there’s no reason we should still be paying $500 + for frames and lenses when you can get the same thing at Lens crafters or even WalMart for $250 or less. I’m not talking about designer frames either. Plus my experience has been the person helping me at the dr wasn’t qualified to fit the frames anyway.

  • Gwen Minnier says:

    Wow, I want to know where the person who save $595 went for glasses. At my independent retailer, I can maybe save $200 so I can still get my glasses cheaper at JCPenneys. Are there different levels of VSP coverage because I have never saved anything close to $400 on a pair of glasses.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Gwen, coverage does vary by company. This example also focuses on progressive lenses, which are more expensive than traditional lenses (regardless of location of purchase). -David, VSP

  • Beth says:

    I’m confused. The study compares the cost of the same pair of glasses purchased with VSP coverage at a local eye doctor, vs. glasses purchased with “other” coverage at LensCrafters. Isn’t the appropriate comparison the cost of two sets of glasses purchased with VSP at two separate retailers (local eye doc vs. LensCrafters/Costco/Warby Parker/whatever retailer you like)?

  • Jude says:

    Your points are valid and I agree, for the most part. Unfortunately, it seems to me that the local optometrists here have a small selection of expensive designer frames. They are too ornate for my taste, or have some little detail meant to set them apart (I guess) but which doesn’t appeal to me. Ideally, I’d like a marriage of well-made, professionally fitted lenses with a better choice of frames. A person can hope.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Jude, thanks for the feedback. Selection does vary from practice to practice. Please feel encouraged to check out other locations near you by searching on VSP.com -David, VSP

      • Bobby says:

        David: Can you explain why my VSP plan allows for a $130 frame in-network but drops it all the way down to only $70 out-of-network? Common sense would seem to dictate that VSP is creating inflationary pricing in-network but I wanted to hear the official reply.
        Also, besides completing the VSP remimbursement form, what do I need to provide VSP in order to receive reimbursement after buying frames outside of the network? For children, what is the minimum reading lens strength required to be placed in the new frames in order to qualify as a valid lens and frame for reimbursement (up to the benefit limit)? Thank you, Bobby

        • David C. says:

          Hi Bobby, we’re able to leverage our supply chain to provide you with the best discounts within our network. Processing claims outside of our network is substantially more expensive, which is why the benefit is less. Of course you may use your benefits anywhere (if your plan allows for that), but there is a reduction to accommodate that pricing difference. Also, just to clarify, we don’t set prices for doctor offices. Your coverage helps determine the maximum you’ll have to pay, but we don’t create the price points at our 30,000 doctor locations.

          For your reimbursement form, you just have to fill it out, send it and include itemized receipts. We’ll take care of it from there. I’m not sure I understand your last question about children’s frames. They do need to be prescription, but your doctor would determine the appropriate corrective needs. -David, VSP

          • scott gress says:

            Re. “Processing claims outside of our network is substantially more expensive, which is why the benefit is less.” Really? The primary reason that you cover an in-network expense many times larger then an out-of-network expense is the increased admin cost? That’s so obviously false you should be ashamed of yourself.

        • Marge says:

          Simple. VSP doesn’t actually pay providers $130. On a frame marked $130 using the “average” mark-up as told to me by my VSP lab rep, a VSP provider would be paid $44 to $46.

  • Sarah says:

    Sounds like a crock to me. Who charges nearly $800 for a pair of glasses after the insurance pays their part? I got 2 pair of designer frames (one with a special bifocal prescription, and after my insurance I only had to pay less than $300.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Sarah, designer frames do range from less than 100 to more than $1000, so that could be one issue. Feel free to give us a call with your specific needs so we can help you get the most out of your benefits for the lowest possible out of pocket costs. -David, VSP

  • John D. says:

    The cheap labs that these independent eye doctors are forced to use to keep costs down are the real problem. 5-15% off every time. Had to have lenses recut two times and still not right, but original eye doctor no longer in this plan. I never have these issues with the larger retailers.

    • David C. says:

      Hi John, thanks for the feedback. Many doctors choose their own labs, but we do recognize the importance of getting lenses right the first time and offer a network of the highest-tech labs for our doctors to use if they choose. -David, VSP

  • Esteven says:

    I have VSP insurance and have been buying my glasses from the Independent Doctor that I see. I recently stopped at the eye center at a national retailer to compare the price of glasses and frame (I have progressive lenses). The estimated cost of lenses and glasses at the retailer was about 10% less than what I paid at my Doctor. With the cost of the insurance added to the cost I paid for the glasses and lenses I would have saved a considerable amount of money. Even adding the cost of eye exam, I would have saved alot of money. AND, I am much more happy with the adjustments made by the retailer. At the doctors office I feel the sales people are more interested in selling and not so much concerned with the fit of the glasses. They are telling me what I want in style and lense shape (trying to get me to wear what is current and not what I want in frames). I am currently looking into changing doctors. I may even cancel my insurance and just pay for everything myself. (I have a friend at VSP and they say my plan at my cost is a very good deal). My point is that sometimes the doctor you see and the services offered are not the best for everyone.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Esteven, prices will vary from location, but here are a couple things you can check to help make sure you get the best value: Brand name on the frame, material of the lenses, and if the lenses are digital (this makes a really big difference for progressive-wearers). You can also search for other doctors at vsp.com if you’d like to explore other in-network locations near you. -David, VSP

  • All of this information is very helpful and great advice
    I do all of the above
    Nice to know I’m doing the right things.

    Thank you

  • Rocco says:

    $151.00 progressive lenses and Rayban frames. I don’t believe it. I go to Rosin’s Eye Care in Cicero, Il, who is in the network and I pay over $400.00. Where can I go next time to pay $151.00?

    • David C. says:

      Hi Rocco, if you feel inclined to shop around to maximize your benefits, we have 30,000 doctors in our vsp.com doctor directory. You can even search by featured brands. -David, VSP

  • Brent McDonald says:

    I just found out different… First I purchased my new frames and the best lenses possible at a private company (VisionWorks). I was getting anti-glare, progressive and transition lenses which were also supposed to be digital; I had asked about Unity lenses, and was told that these’digital’ lenses were better.
    Only a couple days later a friend suggested that I check out Costco so I did. I found out that I could get their best lenses and their most expensive frames for $110.00 cheaper than what I was going to pay at the private co. Thankfully I was able to cancel my order.
    It does pay to shop around!

    • David C. says:

      Hi Brent, were you able to get digital lenses? I’d recommend getting a detailed description of the products so you can do a true apples to apples comparison. For example, sometimes retailers offer discontinued frames at a lower price and plastic lenses, etc. -David, VSP

  • Barbara Casteel says:

    I have VSP through my work, plus I use the VA for eye exams. After my exam, I take my script to their authorized vendor, who sends it out to an outside facility for the glasses to be made. Can I also use VSP for the part that the VA doesn’t pay for?

  • Mike says:

    I know my collarsize (16.5) shoe size (9) chest (42), hat size (7.5). Why is an optician needed to measure the distance between your pupils? Get a ruler, measure yourself, order online and save $$$$ HUNDREDS

    • David C. says:

      Hi Mike, although the distance you reference is very precise, it can in fact be done by yourself. However, in most cases, the lenses sold online are plastic and use old technology (a one-size-fits-all approach). Today’s digital lenses take many more precise measurements unavailable from online retailers. Some of those measurements include how the lenses sit in the frame you choose and how that frame fits your face. You can absolutely get by with the older technology and rough estimates for PD, but your vision will be no where near as precise as getting those advanced measurements. Think of it like buying a suit of the rack or having that suit tailored to you, which one would fit better? -David, VSP

  • michael says:

    I’m all for an independent Doc. I went to Walmart two years ago and kept relling them the prescriotion was wrong. They kept saying u just need wear them longer. I’m a nuclear inspector. My eye sight is critical. I took to wearing readibg gkasses for inspections. January I can get new glasses. I will be seeking a new doc.

  • Constance says:

    My perscription is high, but not complex, and I’ve had great success with buying utilitarian computer task and music reading glasses from online – they are cheesy, oversized, and a little thick, but the optics are fine and I love having different pairs for different tasks – there is no way I could afford this solution through a brick&mortar store. I wouldn’t buy progressives online, but then they aren’t always the best choice for functionality anyway. My Optician is happy to check my cheap chinese glasses for me, because I buy my european fashion frames with the way pricey progressives lenses from her.

  • Dawna says:

    I’m confused, I have single lenses so maybe thats the difference. When I ask my Dr. for my Rx I request that I also receive the pd or measurements that are needed so that I can get a good fit when I order new glasses. I have never paid more than $30 for on line glasses but have paid $150 for them from the Dr with VSP I felt the Dr’s office was ripping me off but now I’m wondering if VSP is trying to get me to buy more expensive for no or little reason? By the way there reason I bought glasses at the Dr this last time was that we just changed to VSP and the new Dr charges extra for the measurements. I thought it might make a difference but my new glasses are not any better than the online glasses.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Dawna, it is a bit easier with single vision lenses, but keeping the eye doctor involved helps ensure the glasses fit your face and that the lenses are not only correct, but also fit you well and are safe (shatter resistant). Purchasing from less reputable online retailers can compromise any or all of these areas. -David, VSP

  • Judith C says:

    The “independent” doctor offices in your listings seem all to carry the same brands of designer lenses. I’ve looked at all of their catalogs and I haven’t seen anything I like nearly as much as online retailers like Warby Parker. I don’t know how the quality compares, though.

    I’ve had bad fittings on the last two pairs of eyeglasses purchased at my independent doctor’s office. The staff who assisted me when choosing and measuring frames did not listen to me when I tried to tell them that I wear my glasses lower on my face than they thought I should. (In fact, I was actually told how I *should* wear them, even as I was explaining that they are uncomfortable to me that way.) They measured and ordered the glasses according to what they thought best, apparently, because I must tilt my head up & back to see my computer screen out of my multi-focus lenses.

    VPS has saved me lots of money but I also have two pairs of glasses I don’t like and can’t wear.

    Obviously, I won’t go back to that office. And I don’t know where to go, or whom to trust, for good quality lenses that fit correctly and in a style I like.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Judith, you can find a different doctor near you by visiting vsp.com. The study you referenced looked for frames that were available to retail chains and independent practices–an apples to apples comparison, but please note that frame selection does vary by each practice. Please feel free to call us with any questions you have or if you need help finding a doctor near you: 800.877.7195. -David, VSP

  • david chapman says:

    I have used a VSP doctor more than once and had mixed results. At 6’3″ when I received my progressive lenses I was convinced that the prescriptions were off causing me to tilt my head down while driving to see signs in the distance. I brought the glasses back and even though I asked them if they could remake the lenses with the distance prescription extended a tad lower-was told that’s the way they were-they had made no mistake in measuring. I am wondering if any other tall people feel the same-as if we look through a different portion of the lens and therefore that should be taken into consideration. As an aside-I was not given a refund of the difference in cost between the progressive and standard single prescription (distance) lenses.

    • David C. says:

      Hi David, a challenge with some progressive lenses can be adapting to them. UNITY progressive lenses boast some of the highest adaptation rates in the industry. The lenses you got may have had a warranty or guarantee. If you have the details of your prescription and it was recent, I would encourage you to give us a call at 800.877.7195 to see if you qualify for any sort or reimbursement. -David, VSP

  • Jon says:

    Not all VSP doctors measure your eyes. They don’t even specific the correct length of the side to your ear. I usually have to tell them to lower bifocal point. They just take a frame and bend it around your ear. I only found one good optometrist but he is dead. No luck with others. The assistants do the work.

  • Connie says:

    We’ve had VSP for several years now and always go to an independent/private doctor. We’re extremely pleased with the quality of service and glasses (frames & lenses). With the $150 frame allowance, we typically only pay 40-50 out of pocket, including our exam co-pay. Our doctor makes recommendations based on the results of our exam and our lifestyle. We have VSP high, and the higher premiums are worth the coverage.

  • Matthew Mabey says:

    This video and article have caused me to realize that part of VSP’s business model must be to act as a cheerleader for independent eye care businesses. What I’m still trying to figure out is what the financial incentives for VSP and the eye care businesses are.
    The notion that the eye wear will ever be cheaper at an independent eye care business is just plain ludicrous. I can either get the same thing, but cheaper, at a big-name retailer; or I can get a lot more for my money at the big-name retailer. I keep retrying using the independent eye care businesses for the actual eye wear, but every time I get the same result: a big hole in my budget for an equal or inferior product. The big-name retailers are usually saving VSP money too!
    What is VSP’s incentive to push the more expensive (apparently to both VSP and their customers) option? Please be straight with me.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Matthew, we do have the largest network of private practice doctors, but we are a not-for-profit organization. Although markets do vary and we don’t set prices at any provider locations, it is often much cheaper to use your VSP benefits at an in-network provider than to pay out of pocket at a retail store (out of network). If you feel you’re not coming out ahead with insurance, I might suggest doing a little price comparing with doctors in your neighborhood. You can even search on VSP.com to find doctors that offer extra incentives and preferred frame brands to help you get the most bang for your buck. I hope that is helpful. -David, VSP

  • Jeanette Collinsworth says:

    Up until approximately 8 years ago, I had reasonable good distance vision. My farsightedness allowed me to read signs from a long distance. Then gradually I noticed when I looked across the sanctuary a church or across the office, I couldn’t see faces clearly and everything was quite hazy. My husband and I both went to have our retinas checked and the doctor told me my retina was fine but I had a problem with my cornea. He sent me to a cornea specialist and I found out that I have Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy. I guess that explains the hazy vision I started experiencing. I have been wearing progressive bifocals for about 10 years and now I find that I really have difficulty reading, even though my lenses are set according to my prescription which has not changed for the past two years. Is it possible for me to improve my prescription so that I can read books and street signs?

    • David C. says:

      Hi Jeanette, since your condition is medical, I would refer you to your doctor for the best advice on success you would have with digital progressive lenses. However, you can certainly ask if it would make a difference for your situation, and it very well may. -David, VSP

  • cb says:

    Hello, what if the I do not like the selection frames that the independent eye doctors carry?

    • David C. says:

      Hi Cb, great questions. Selection does vary by doctor, but you can search on vsp.com for a doctor that carries the preferred brands of your choice. You even get an extra frame allowance for choosing one of these designers! -David, VSP

      • Judith says:

        I was not able to find the style or brands (Ray-Ban or 7 For All Mankind) I wanted at any of the local VSP providers. I had to purchase eyeglasses elsewhere. Very disappointed.

        • David C. says:

          Hi Judith, I’m sorry to hear you’re having difficulty finding a frame you like. Our 30,000 doctors each maintain their own frame inventory, so it varies from practice to practice. This year members get a larger frame allowance for preferred brands listed on our doctor directory. We hope you take advantage of those, but if you’ve already made your purchase, please feel free to reach out for any help needed when filing a reimbursement request (if allowed by your specific plan). _David from VSP

  • Sallie says:

    AAre frames and lenses from Warby Parker covered by VSP?

    • David C. says:

      Hi Sallie,

      WP frames may be covered as an out-of-network benefit under your plan, but give Member Services a call to make sure. I should note that the reimbursement is much lower for out-of-network services, so I would recommend searching on vsp.com for a doctor near you who has all the frame options you want. In fact, you get a larger frame allowance this year for choosing the preferred designer brands we have listed on our doctor search. -David, VSP

      • Judith says:

        Cutting straight to the point I’m trying to make: the style(s) I like are simply not available through VSP providers. It looked to me as if the brands and styles covered by VSP are targeted for an older market. The styles I was looking for are made by Warby Parker or 7 For All Mankind, etc. I checked VSP.com (repeatedly) for other providers, I pored over the catalog of brands and frames on the VSP.com website (repeatedly), and I visited the offices of local providers in person. It’s pointless for me to keep paying premiums for vision insurance that does not meet my needs. I won’t renew.

        • David C. says:

          Hi Judith, I’m sorry your experience has not been positive. We try to appeal to all age ranges and offer more than 25 designer brands, each featuring dozens of different styles. Unfortunately, no VSP doctors carry WP or 7FAMK because of minimal quality standards many online glasses do not meet. I’d be happy to discuss your out of network benefits if you would really like to use your benefits for these online glasses. Just give our Member Services team a call and we can provide you with how much your out-of-network benefits will be. We can even go over how to quickly fill out a reimbursement form and send it in. -David from VSP

  • Vicki says:

    I visited a local VSP network doctor yesterday and I felt very pressured to pick and purchase glasses. I am not happy with my choice or purchase and feel that with the high coverage I have I couldve gone elsewhere and gotten glasses I like at a much more reasonable price. I want to return tomorrow and cancel my order, is it possible? and if so, how long will it take for my benefits to reset so I can use the allowance at another vsp network provider location?

    • David C. says:

      Hi Vicki, can you give us a call at member services? We’d like to get a little bit more detail on your situation and try to make things right. Give us a call at 800.877.7195 and explain to the representative as you have in your comment above. -David, VSP

  • leonardo says:

    Vsp saved our family almost a thousand dollars for our glasses. And we saw an opthomolgist( forgive spelling still somewhat displayed.) We’re very satisfied.

  • Chris Valdez says:

    Please add Warby Parker to the list of approved vendors. No reason to pay more than $100 for eyewear. This industry is a hustle.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Chris. Thank you for the feedback. We’re always looking for ways to better meet the needs of our members. In the meantime, I would like to share that 25% of glasses made at online retailers are actually incorrect. And while most of them are still decent prescriptions, you won’t see your best without an accurate prescription.

      • Judith says:

        Hi David – Please, what is the source of your assertion that “25% of glasses made at online retailers are actually incorrect”? And what is the error percentage for VSP providers? (In my experience, my VSP providers’ error rates has been 50%.) What, specifically does “incorrect glasses” mean?

        • David C. says:

          Hi Judith, I’ll get that source and share it shortly. Incorrect means the prescription is not within an acceptable range from what the doctor prescribed. -David, VSP

      • Curious says:

        Did you ever find that source?

          • Stanton says:

            There are a few issues with this argument. For one, the referred-to study is not making any claims that the prescriptions were incorrect. They state that the ORDERS were incorrect, or in some cases (less than 30%) there were one or more incorrect lenses. However, it also states that this is an issue that occurs from the manufacturers and the same would apply to your optomistrist ordering lenses for you. At this point in late 2018, Warby Parker is not an exclusively online retailer. I always order my frames in person with an optomistrist at one of their physical locations. The quality of materials and accuracy of the lenses has been outstanding and generally last longer than $300+ frames from Lens Crafters or the like. It still seems like 4.5+ years later VSP is still only catering to this affluent older generation.

      • Eric says:

        David C.: Warby Parker has a physical store near my home. They have an on-site optometrist.

        Will you please add them to VSP? They glasses are attractive and cost-effective.

        • Tracy T. says:

          Hi Eric – thanks for checking in! It all depends on the out-of-network coverage on your plan. If you’ve got OON coverage, you may use it at non-VSP locations and submit a reimbursement form. -Tracy, VSP

    • merry says:

      I agree -please add warby parker to your approved vendors or at least amend your reimbursement policy for purchases through WP. I find my VSP benefits less and less useable – less and less of a benefit. In terms of incorrect lens from on-line providers I have had no trouble with on line purchases – But I have had a very expensive experience having to get a new exam and new glasses after a VSP Dr. gave me the wrong contact lens prescription two times in a row – the cost was 6 months worth of bi-focal contact lens that were incorrect and then $160 more to get a new exam from another eye doctor. Giving them a third try to get it right was not an option. I have a simple prescription and the price and ease of Warby Parker can’t be beat. TO only reimburse for the frame because they do not break out the lens as a separate cost is ridiculous.

      • David C. says:

        Hi Merry, please give us a call about your contact lens exam issues–that is not in line with the experience you should be getting as a VSP member. Unfortunately, we can’t add WP to the network because they are a competitor, but we are hoping to have new online solutions soon. -David, VSP

  • KR says:

    I am looking for smaller aviator sunglasses with a prescription. I’ve seen Maui Jims in my eye doctors’s display — but was told that my VSP insurance can’t be used for the prescription lenses because Maui Jim does their own lenses, so the doctor’s office can’t send the frames to their usual lab. Is this accurate? Do I have any options for using my insurance for these lenses? Can’t I just choose to put normal prescription lenses into a Maui Jim frame?

    • David C. says:

      Hi KR, that’s a great question. MJ does have a lens requirement but you should be able to use your benefit for it. Let’s take a look at your specific benefits and we can help you get the most value. 800.877.7195. David from VSP

      • Pam A. says:

        David, is it possible to cancel my order of prescription glasses once they reach VSP? the optometry place said it would only take 2 weeks for them to come in and 2.5 weeks later they say it will be 3 weeks. it’s frustrating because i spent almost 400 dollars on the one pair.

        • David C. says:

          Hi Pam, once the order is placed you don’t have much time to cancel it. However, you can call customer service and explain to them your frustration and see if they are able to do anything to help. We try to correct things when possible. -David, VSP

  • Strategerizer says:

    I’ve been with VSP for a couple of years and am starting to understand how misaligned VSP is with patient interest – it seems mainly to satisfy the private practice interests. It is unfortunate and likely not a sustainable business model (I hope).

    Why are the benefits so low for out-of-network providers or why are you not including places such as Costco Optical. They provide same service but at more competitive prices. Why support private practice and the Luxottica monopoly? Why not take the fat out of the system? Encourage and build relationships with the providers that give us – the patients – the most value?

    The way it currently stands it looks like VSP is set up to only provide discounts on services and products that are more inflated than the rest of the market. I can get a better product/service at Costco and pay less out-of-pocket than going to private practice doctors with VSP benefits.

    PLEASE, as an insurance provider, align your interests with the patients. Otherwise VSP may not be anything more than a marketing agent and in the long term benefits brokers may fight back.

    • Tracy T. says:

      Thanks so much for your feedback. At 65 million members strong, we strive to put members first by connecting them with high-quality, affordable eye care. We are proud to provide the lowest out-of-pocket costs in vision. Most of the 30,000 providers on our network are small-business owners, and we do in fact offer plans that include retail partners such as Costco. We are not affiliated with Luxottica.

      If you are looking to get the most out of your benefits, I suggest giving us a call at 800.877.7195 before you visit your doctor next, and someone can walk you through your specific plan to help you find the best savings options.

  • Ciel says:

    Every time we ask about better selection, better service, better prices, the VSP rep just tells us to check the website or call the 1-800 phone number, as if we hadn’t thought of that ourselves. If this is the best VSP can respond to legitimate customer concerns, I’m done. I’m looking forward to next open season when I can pull the plug on my VSP plan.

    • Tracy T. says:

      Hi Ciel – I’m sorry to hear this. We definitely want you to have the best experience possible. I’m happy to personally look into any questions you have. Would you mind sending me an email at prteam@vsp.com? Thanks, Tracy from VSP

  • Olga says:

    I had a question…I received my glasses almost a week ago and I felt my eyesight weird when first tried them on. I was told to wait up to a week to adjust. I notice my left eyes prescription isn’t correct and am calling tomorrow to see what will be done. But my question is this…If I am unhappy with the frame I chose and want a different one and higher in price…can I switch or is it just too late?

    • Tracy T. says:

      Hi Olga – You’ll have to check with your provider based on his or her return/exchange policies. Good luck! -Tracy, VSP

  • Ang says:

    Before I had VSP insurance, I had my yearly eye exam done (which I paid in full for). I am interested in purchasing contact lenses but everywhere I go to compare prices… its still a lot of money. I was advised to try COSTCO stores. My question is: Is costco an approved retailer? or are they consider out of network… and I dont mean for eye exam but only to purchase contacts or glasses.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Angela, it depends on your plan. Give member services a call and we can tell you if you have benefits that can used at Costco. 800.877.7195 -David, VSP

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  • RH says:

    Can you please clarify VSP’s coverage for frames and lenses at a place like Warby Parker? The frames are reasonably priced, but transitional lenses are pricey. If I were to order progressive lenses, about how much would VSN cover?

    • Tracy T. says:

      Hi there – great question. It all depends on if your plan covers out-of-network benefits. Check out your specific plan’s benefits by logging on at vsp.com or give us a call at 800.877.7195. If you do have OON coverage, you can use it at places like WP; you’ll just need to submit a reimbursement form. -Tracy, VSP

      • Tyler says:

        I do have VSP OON coverage. However, there are separate coverages for the frames and lenses (70 for frame, and 50 for single-vision lenses). Warby Parkers don’t seem to be itemized like this and instead are sold as a “package”, $95 for both frame and lenses. The OON coverage makes me think it would cover $120 for frame+lenses, so it seems like these should be fully reimbursed. Is that true? Is that how other Warby Parker claims have been processed? Thank you.

        • David C. says:

          Hi Tyler, so long as there is an itemized receipt to show how much each costs, it shouldn’t be an issue. To be safe, you may want to give customer service a call to determine exactly what would be required. 800.877.7195 -David, VSP

  • Danielle says:

    My son just got new glasses and is having a hard time seeing out of one side. Could the prescription be wrong? Will we have to pay for another checkup and new frames if there is a problem?

    • Tracy T. says:

      Hi Danielle – it’s best to check with your doctor’s office. Each one may have varying return policies, but typically it shouldn’t be a problem to go in and exchange the glasses if the prescription isn’t right. Good luck! -Tracy, VSP

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  • Marcos says:

    David, this was a response you provided….Thank you for the feedback. We’re always looking for ways to better meet the needs of our members. In the meantime, I would like to share that 25% of glasses made at online retailers are actually incorrect. And while most of them are still decent prescriptions, you won’t see your best without an accurate prescription. This statement is indicative of an insurance salesman or a person who accepts VSP`S. You have many satified customers who don’t like being taken for a ride and truely are feed up of being told to take more money out their pockets to pay these ridiculous prices for standard lenses and frames. They have an option now to draw a line in the sand. So your knock of the online retailers getting the glasses wrong was not right. You should play nice and not critize. There’s enough money to go around.

    • David C. says:

      Hi Marcos, thanks for sharing your thoughts. You’re right on my tone. I should have worded it differently to not sound antagonistic. I agree with your comments and there certainly are online retailers who are providing quality products. However, there are many who are not and whose products have posed safety concerns in recent years. The figures I noted were based on third-party research unaffiliated with VSP. I believe the link to the research is in that same thread and helps clarify comments and potential concerns. Let me see if I can track the link down and repost in another reply. -David, VSP

  • liz hoover says:

    I have VSP coverage and my summary states that I can have new frames every 12 months. Does this work on a calendar year like my medical/dental coverage? For example, if I have not applied my frame allowance for 2014, would I be able to get new frames in December 2014 and then again in January 2015 (for the 2015 calendar year)?

    • David C. says:

      Hi Liz, this is a great question. The answer depends on your plan as some are calendar year (as you’ve described above) and some are time from last use. Give us a call and we’ll look it up for you! 800.877.7195 -David, VSP

  • Mayer says:

    I’m planning on signing up for VSP through my company next year. I currently have a pair of glasses and would like to get new frames. If my prescription remains the same, can I get a new pair of frames without getting new lenses?

    • David C. says:

      Great question. Unfortunately, no in almost all cases. That’s because all frames have slightly different eye sizes and the lenses are not interchangeable. However, you often can do the reverse and get new lenses in an older frame. -David, VSP

  • Bob says:

    Items 2-4 above are performed at retail chains as well. So, it doesn’t prove that there is any value to using independent doctors instead of retail chains.

  • Steve Maroney says:

    How do you know what coverage or what plan & benefits you have? I’ve looked all over the website and I can’t find the details I was hoping to find. For example, I’ve read some comments that people who have had eye surgery can purchase sunglasses as a benefit with VSP, but when I visit my provider they say that is not a covered benefit. How do I find out if this is included?

    • David C. says:

      Hi Steve, all benefit plans vary, but yours will be clearly described once you log in to vsp.com. You may need to create an account if you haven’t done so already. That benefit does exist, but you may or may not have it. If, after logging in, you still have questions, please give us a call and we’ll help sort it out for you. -David, VSP

  • Diane Russell says:

    I had an eye exam at my VSP in-network provider. However, he did not have a great selection of glasses. Can I take my prescription to another VSP provider for glasses?

    • David C. says:

      Hi Diane, you certainly can. Use the doctor search on VSP.com to find another provider near you. You can even search by preferred brands that give you an $20 to spend in your frame allowance. -David, VSP

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  • Deanna R. Jones says:

    I’m buying my first pair of eye wear for the first time after my appointment with an optometrist. It seems like I should do some research to help me pick out the best type of eye wear for my face. I didn’t know that many online retailers won’t make glasses for me if I have a complex prescription. My eyesight is worse than it ever has been, but I hope that I don’t need a complex prescription. I agree, discounted frames seem like they would be very flimsy and easy to break. It seems like it would be worth it to buy frames that are more sturdy, even if they’re more expensive.

    • Judith says:

      It’s been my experience that eyeglass frames cost does not necessarily equate to quality or durability. I’ve received excellent quality glasses from an online retailer. Be sure to check their return policy before you order in case you are not satisfied, but you should do that with your local optician as well.

  • Michelle M says:

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  • Providencia says:

    I have VSP and went to the eye Dr over the weekend. Well after getting the visit done I was told to pick put a pair of glasses which apparently they had none that cost less than $289. My daughter and I finally find some glasses and after the VSP savings her glasses cost $446 and mine cost $478. These are not savings, I am so disappointed at how much the glasses are costing us. I could of gotten glasses and a visit cheaper without insurance.

  • Alison says:

    Hi I used vsp for the first time got my glasses with transition lenses was told they would get very dark got my glasses bout 9 days later and they hurt my bridge of my nose and don’t get dark enough I have very lite sensitive eyes to the sun ..so the office where I purchased my glasses called vsp to c it we can get them redone with different frames and no transition lenses vsp ok’d it and I had to also purchase the sunglasses that clip on ..I paid $205 for all and $75 was for the transition lenses that I couldn’t keep I wanna know why I don’t get a refund of the $75 I dished out for the transition ..was never warned that they don’t get that dark I was told they get very dark so now I am stuck $75 for a purchase of transitions that I dont and now it coating me an additional $120 for different glasses without transition lenses and the sunglasses clip on ..very disappointed

    • David C. says:

      Hi Alison, I’m not sure about a satisfaction guarantee on Transitions-brand lenses, but contact customer service to see if that is available to you. Sunsync branded lenses do offer a satisfaction guarantee for a year if you consider them again. Also, I’m very sensitive to the sun as well and would recommend the gray versions because they tend to be a bit darker than other colors. Give us a call and let’s see if we can help. 800.877.7195 _david from VSP

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  • Nnyan says:

    Funny but the local eye glass places order the SAME exact lenses that you get online. This year I opted out of getting VSP b/c if you are smart and add up your premiums and how much you pay over getting the SAME EXACT PRODUCT at other places you are paying a premium and not getting anything for it.

  • Dhaval Patel says:

    Why is it that none of the VSP providers provide any price matching on frames, lenses, or contacts. The frames and lenses my wife wants are readily available at multiple places online for about $200, but every VSP provider has them for $350+ for the frames alone and will not price match.

  • Trudy says:

    I got new prescription sunglasses from my indepent eye doctor and selected the frame they had from their website in which it stated the frames are plastic, not metal. Upon receiving these glasses, it turned out it was the wrong frame in which it’s a metal frame, plus the lenses are thick, not thin. I complained to them and they said the frame I requested has been discontinued. The whole glasses is so heavy, which is not what I requested. I requested a refund, and they said they will talk to their manager and call me back, in which they have not tried calling me back. The new glasses are in their office. What are my options? I just want a full refund and shop for one elsewhere. Thanks!

    • David C says:

      Hi Trudy, sorry to hear about this experience. We’d like to help look into this. To protect your privacy, please send us an email to social@vsp.com. Be sure to include the primary insured’s full name, DOB and last four of the social so we can look up the proper benefits.

  • JBDC says:

    Hi, I was recently going over the receipt I received from getting my glasses using my VSP benefits. It is still somewhat confusing to me even though I have Googled some of the itemized abbreviations and I am hoping you can clarify some things for me. I bought single vision lenses for glasses frames I already owned, and a new pair of glasses w/ progressive lenses for my full prescription. On the receipt I am charged (before the VSP adjustment) on separate lines for “Single vision lenses – $129.00” the frame – $297.00, “BF FT-28 – $159.00,” and “Definity CR-39 1.5 Index Plastic PR – $221.00,” “w/ Crizal Alize – $155.” Is this not a list of THREE sets of lenses? I know the Definity lenses with Crizal Alize are my progressive lenses to go with the new frames. But aren’t “Single vision lenses” and “BF FT-28” TWO other sets of lenses? Thanks for any clarification you can provide.

    • David C says:

      Hi there, thanks for reaching out. We’d be happy to help look into this as best we can. To protect your privacy, shoot us an email at social@vsp.com with this information as well as the primary insured’s full name, DOB and last four of the social so we can look up the proper account.

  • Svetlana says:

    Hi, My daughter got her eye classes in May and she kept on complaining she does not see well in those. I thought she is getting used to the glasses. Recently, we had another eye doctor check her and proscription is quite different. I would like optics to re-make those glasses. What can I do?

  • william wipperdink says:

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  • Christine says:

    Hello, I’m a bit disappointed. I paid $429.00 for a pair of glasses for my daughter on Aug 28 at See Optometric Design. Didn’t know we had VSP until during open enrollment. Called the office: they said they will not bill for us & that I had to submit it on VSP myself. VSP claim denied the claim. 1. said the doctor was out of network. Yes, confirmed the are in network. Then was denied again. When called for th 4th time, said we will probabaly get reimbursement but at a out of network claim. why is that so? should get penalized. this is upsetting on the office (no customer service-should be easy for them to submit the claim but wouldn’t) on VSP for denying & then down grade the coverage

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  • Raymond Schelp says:

    My VSP experience is that, if you require progressive glasses, you are locked into buying glasses from place that examines and writes your prescription. The doctor or eye center marks up the frames and all services. So instead of paying the vendor price (e.g. Nautica N3005/2 $185) if you ordered them online and took them in …you end up paying a hefty markup tacked on by the doctor/eye center .. along with a hefty markup for all other lens features. Really a shame you can’t buy frames online and take them to doctor/eye cent to have lens measured and installed. Really cuts down on competitive pricing.

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    • melody says:

      I am very disappointed in the selection to choose from you have to pay designer prices for no designer choices not everyone likes the boring. Every year the selection gets worse considering dropping the insurance from what I pay yearly combined with what I have to pay for glasses I don’t even like I can probably get nice designer one at a retail place. What’s up with the crappy selections bring back some good names Versace Armani Gucci Kliik Prodesign Lacroix Coach Valentino all we can get now is overpriced and not that stylish they all seem to look the same. Why are you not offering better choices. I feel like you should let people pay more for what they really want. Not force them to settle for what you think we should wear. My last 4 years of settling for what you offer it get’s worse every year. Not even looking forward to my next pair.

  • Casey Stout says:

    The problem is that 85% of glasses frames are made by luxottica which doesn’t do business with individually owned optometrists because they also own the large chains like eye glass world, and pearl vision which forces people who want a specific brand to shop at those companies. It’s pretty ridiculous.

  • DraganJ says:

    Hello everyone, following my Lasik surgery back in 2001 I didn’t need any glasses until recent. When I went to the same VSP premier doctor’s practice, one of his ophthalmologists prescribed me with a single vision only glasses for distance. It became quite frustrating during the first night drive as distance vision was almost perfect however, short distance reading of car speedometer or GPS was very hard as everything was doubled. When I reported the issue to that VSP doctor’s office they called me promising to fax me new “progressive” prescription. I’ll take it to Costco where I bought my glasses but, I’m afraid that I will be required to pay 100% out of pocket for the new progressive lenses for a mistake that I didn’t make! Does anyone have any similar experience? Thank you!

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    We just priced lenses at 2 places, 1st our regular independent eye care provider-Out of pocket total was $363 for high index lens (digital were even more!) We then went to Costco who is out of network and priced similar frames and better lenses(digital) and transitions. Total before insurance $220 After insurance should be $130 (and yes out of network pays way less but still a huge savings!) Why isnt vsp in network for walmart, costco or many other cheaper eyecare centers??

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  • Frank St. Claire says:

    We have used VSP for years and have only one problem with VSP provider. However, I find that all of the VSP providers try to just give you a bundled price without itemization and when you do get the itemization it is meaningless because they can quote whatever number they want to for the supposed retail cost of the lenses and treatment. Why isn’t the a guideline from VSP for for example each of the different Varilux lenses such as 1.74 and 1.67 etc. Also since the optician chooses the lab what guarantee do we have that it is a high quality lab. It seems with all the obfuscation that is done routinely, the consumer is at the mercy of the provider. How do you ascertain the quality of the lab that makes the lenses? In a certain sense VSP seems more like trade association for independent opticians than an insurer trying to establish reasonable pricing from these independent opticians. How about a published list of line items being required to be furnished with each quoted price? Each VSP provider would still be able to set their own price but it would be a first step in lifting the shroud that exists in pricing by at least allowing your insurers to “shop” several providers and focus in on differences in line item charges.

    • Frank St. Claire says:

      Patrick I of VSP, Why no response to this post after more than a year? This only confirms my suspicions that VSP is merely a trade organization protecting opticians and milking the insured and their companies.Is VSP just a another con game to inflate glas frames and lens prices? No reply from VSP will be the equivalent of “yes”.

      • Angelina F. says:

        Hi Frank,
        I apologize that your original comment wasn’t replied to in the initial comment approval process. For this type of question, you can contact VSP Member Services at (800) 877-7195 or send an email using the form under the Contact Us section on http://www.vsp.com and we’re happy to help. To best assist you, please be prepared to provide the subscriber/member name, date of birth, and last four digits of the Social Security number. Please note that although we make reasonable efforts to protect your information from loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet.
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  • Lynn Oberneder says:

    If I purchase frames from an in network provider at a discount, VSP will not allow the provider to submit the claim. I can pay out of pocket, but then VSP will only pay at the out of network rate. I do not understand this logic. If I pay $300 for a pair of frames why would it matter if they were on sale or not. If the provider was in network I should get reimbursed using the in network rates.

  • Ed says:

    have to say I was very have to say I was very disappointed in Walmart trying to buy some lenses only and they tried to charge me $200 for lenses alone, when I mentioned I had VSP Insurance they said oh we’ll take $30 off… not a very good deal…

  • Paul O says:

    I’ve bought glasses online here and they did not take VSP insurance. Is there any chance VSP is accepted through online websites? Thanks.

  • Russell says:

    Your website used to post frame and lens allowance benefits for in-network and out-of-network VSP providers, but now I no longer see them. Are frame and lens allowance benefits no longer available?

  • Meli Botgh says:

    3rd week trying to make vsp benefits meet my needs. The providers have few frames, long waits, and are still shipping off for each piece like lens or frame. It feels like Jurassic Park years. I just hate it. I hope that my employer offers a better option next year. I have a family of 4 to fit in glasses and not even 1 down. Tough that frames are overpriced and providers seldom accept care credit.

    • Patrick I. says:

      I’m sorry to hear that! Someone from our Customer Care team will be reaching out via e-mail to try to help you with any concerns. -Patrick I., VSP

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  • Inquiring Mind says:

    Wondering why, when I search for providers and narrow down to brand of frames, Ray-Ban is not an option? Does VSP not cover Ray-Bans?

    • Patrick I. says:

      Great question! VSP members are able to filter their search on vsp.com by the feature frame brands; however for any additional frame brands, the member will need to contact their desired office to check.

      Members may use their frame allowance towards prescription Ray-Ban frames. For more details regarding VSP benefits, members can contact Member Services.

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  • Jen says:

    Discount on Prescription Oakley Sunglasses under VSP at LensCrafters? Do VSP members get discounts on Prescription Oakley sunglasses at LensCrafters? The VSP benefits website says that we’re eligible for discounts, but the local LensCrafters store said that applies to all brands other than the Oakleys I wanted. I don’t believe them – is what they said true? That I have to essentially pay full retail for my prescription sunglasses (even though they are the only pair I am getting this year)? They said I only get the allowance under my coverage ($175) which would get deducted from the total cost of the glasses (over $500 for the frame and lens), but not the “20% off any amount over your [$175] allowance” for frames. Please advise, thank you.

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      LensCrafters does not participate with VSP; however, you may have out-of-network coverage available. To find out more, please contact a Member Services Representative by filling out the Email Member Services form under the Contact Us section of vsp.com, OR call (800) 877-7195. Thanks! – Patrick, VSP

  • Alejandra says:

    Benefits are a joke. And what is it with in and out of network??? Why can’t you cover the same for both? I don’t like eyeconic and with a newborn it’s going to be forever before I can take the time in a store. Things are all inclined to make this companies more money than what they deserve because when you have to use it: sucks!

  • David Orozco says:

    Any idea if and when Warby Parker will be added to the list of retailers?

  • pidushop.com says:

    An outstanding share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a
    friend who has been doing a little research on this.

    And he actually ordered me lunch simply because I stumbled upon it for him…
    lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your site.

  • Amanda Boettcher says:

    my daughter went to a optomotrist for a check up and to inquire about glasses. She began to have headaches so I took her to an opthomologist to make sure she had the correct lenses. It ended up she needed a different perscription. All of this happened within 12 months, will VSP cover the new lenses?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Amanda,
      For this type of question, you can contact VSP Member Services at (800) 877-7195 or send an email using the form under the Contact Us section on http://www.vsp.com and we’re happy to help. To best assist you, please be prepared to provide the subscriber/member name, date of birth, and last four digits of the Social Security number. Please note that although we make reasonable efforts to protect your information from loss, misuse, or alteration by third parties, you should be aware that there is always some risk involved in transmitting information over the Internet.
      Angelina F., VSP

  • RaulC says:

    Does VSP work with Warby Parker- and how much does it cover? thanks

  • Bree Ward says:

    It’s true that when it comes to buying the perfect eyewear for your eyes there is a lot of things that you need to consider like getting the right prescription, right size, and frames, etc. My eyeglasses are already old and starting to break. I’m thinking of buying a new one. I will consider all your tips and find the perfect eyewear soon.

  • Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us.

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