6 Tips to Get the Most from Your New Vision Benefits

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It’s a new year, and for many people that means new vision benefits. Follow these 6 tips to get the most out of your new vision plan. That means low out-of-pocket costs while getting access to great eye doctors and high-quality eyewear.

How to make your vision benefits work hard for you:

1. Know what your plan covers
To find out what your vision plan covers, simply create an account at vsp.com and log in for your detailed benefit information. Easily find details like co-pays, frame allowance and lens enhancement coverage. You can also print a membership card if you like, but you don’t technically need one.

Insider tip: Use this savings calculator to estimate your total out-of-pocket costs.

2. Find a conveniently located VSP network eye doctor
As a VSP member, you’ll get the most out of your benefits when you visit a Premier Program location. If you don’t have an eye doctor, visit vsp.com to find a Premier Program location near you. When you show up for your appointment, just let them know you have VSP. We’ll take care of the rest.

Insider tip: If you schedule an appointment at a location you didn’t find on vsp.com, make sure to verify they are actually in-network with VSP. Some places say they “accept” VSP, only to offer a limited discount or out-of-network benefits. Unfortunately, that can mean you pay a lot more out of your pocket. In fact, a recent survey of VSP members who used their benefits out of network found that most didn’t realize they went out of network.

3. Get a comprehensive eye exam 
A comprehensive eye exam is your yearly check-up of your vision as well as the health of your eyes. The entire family can benefit from an eye exam, including babies, young children and teens. Start the year off with the clearest vision possible.

Surprising fact: According to a recent study, most people rate vision as their most important sense while only half got an eye exam in the past year.

4. Choose from a wide selection of stylish frames and lenses
Finding the right eyewear for you and your family is easy when you see a VSP network eye doctor. You’ll get an extra $20 to spend when you choose a featured frame brand. Plus, you can save up to 40% on popular lens enhancements like anti-reflective coatings, progressives, and light-reactive (photochromic) lenses.

Insider tip: If you’re looking for a little style inspiration, check out the virtual try-on tool from Eyeconic.

5. Take advantage of your second-pair eyewear benefit
Many people don’t realize that you can save up to 20% on a second pair of glasses, including any lens enhancements, when you purchase from your VSP network eye doctor within 12 months of your last eye exam.

6. Shopping online? Get in-network savings with Eyeconic
Most VSP members can use their vision benefits to buy eyewear online at Eyeconic—including stylish frames, lens enhancements, and contacts. Visit eyeconic.com to see how seamlessly you can connect your eyewear insurance coverage with your eye doctor’s expertise—all while enjoying in-network savings.

Insider tip: Eyeconic is the ONLY online store to partner with the VSP network of eye doctors to offer in-network benefits.

41 Comments

  • Chong Parrish says:

    I am at South Korea. Do you have VSP networks here?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Chong,
      Thanks for asking. We do not have a VSP doctor network in South Korea at this time.
      -Angelina F., VSP

  • Andrea Hicks says:

    Does this cover diabetic eye exam

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Andrea,
      Coverage varies by plan. I would recommend calling Customer Care to find out more about your benefits. 800.877.7195
      -Angelina F., VSP

  • Melinda Hatton says:

    How do I know what’s covered on my plan?
    Thank you

  • Judy says:

    How do I know I am getting the best price for frames and lenses?

  • Alden Williams says:

    I was wondering if you actually set up appointment’s?

  • Peggy Kirby says:

    I would like to know why VSP does not send any kind of statement of visits to dr. How do we know that other items are not being charged to VSP? How do we know that if we are not going yearly, that the drs office is not claiming yearly visits? BCBS, dentists, hospitals all send statements. Why don’t you? I think its irresponsible on your part

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Peggy,
      While VSP doesn’t automatically send an Explanation of Benefits for each claim, we are happy to provide one by mail or email upon member request. Member Services will be reaching out to you via email to assist further.
      -Angelian F., VSP

    • Michael Frazier says:

      Because it is a scam I Insurance. My wife and cannot get transitions without forking out min. $280 each. B. S. Insurance. Or I am beimg ripped off by the eye glass place.

  • Kirk Donald says:

    I want to know how to add my wife to this plan?

  • VSP, I thank you for your service. Without VSP I wouldn’t be able to afford the quality of eyewear that I now have.

  • Marjorie Woodbridge says:

    I recently purchased two pair of glasses, was my second pair submitted for payment?

  • Margaret adkins says:

    Is Costco a VIP provider. If not how do I get reimbursement?

  • Fran Vorberg says:

    How do I know if my doctor is a V SP doctor?

  • Winnie says:

    I can do with cheap frames, but I need decent lenses to see clearly. Does/will VSP offer a plan that either gives flexibility on “allowances” to be applied to either frame or lenses, or else gives a straight allowance for lenses,including bifocal/trifocal/progressive lenses?

  • Gislene Noel says:

    I purchased glasses for my son last month a a good price, I am trying to get my glasses nor, I get no discount, my benefit include myself and my son SIDNEY, I need to know why

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Gislene,
      Member Services will be reaching out to you via email to look into this further.
      -Angelina F., VSP

  • Brandon S. says:

    I had Lasik Vision Surgery a year ago. I was told I could use my frame and lense benefit to get some nice sunglasses is that true?

  • SHAWN says:

    I’m curious what vsp covers for lasick eye surgery

  • DWyaco says:

    I purchased glasses on my own (out of network) and received a reimbursement. Will I be able to get a second pair using my VSP provider?

  • SHAWN says:

    Apparently nothing

  • barry says:

    why does it only allow for glasses every 2 years heck i can wear a pair out in less than a year in my business

  • Kathleen says:

    is Costo an approved VSP frames/lenses provider?

  • Janet says:

    I need 3 glasses bifocal , sun and computer will I get a discount on all 3

  • Anne H. says:

    Just received my glasses and am very pleased. I recommend VSP.

  • Joanne b says:

    Will this cover new glasses yearly or every 2 years?

    • Angelina F. says:

      Hi Joanne,
      This can vary by plan. If you are a VSP member, you can look up your benefits by logging in on vsp.com.
      -Angelina F.,VSP

  • Larry B says:

    it is time for new prescription. i currently use Transitions, and want to add Techshield Blue. will they work together?

  • Brenda says:

    Do NOT buy Flexon. VSP-connected optometrists are really pushing this brand. They cost more than many other brands, but VSP is advertising them as if they were virtually indestructible. This is how they present them:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTT0F7BBl8I

    My frames snapped at the bridge less than two years (out of warranty, of course). Unlike in the video, nobody stepped on them; they weren’t put in a dryer or a vise; or pounded with a hammer. They were hanging around my neck on a lanyard, someone bumped into me with an umbrella, and the bridge snapped.

    The warranty is only for one year, so I have to pay $75-100 to have them repaired. Because they’re titanium, most repair labs can’t repair them.

    VSP customer service told me there’s nothing they can do about it. But they’re REALLY sorry. The guy actually told me his heart was sad for me. Seriously.

    I think there’s something they can do: They can stop deceptive advertising or make an effort to live up to the claims they’re making.

    So you’ll pay extra for supposedly indestructible glasses with no better warranty, with fewer options for repair, and at a much higher price!

    No more Flexon for me!

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