Military Spouse or Retiree? Simplify Your Family’s Eye Care

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When it comes down to it, you want the best care possible to keep you and your family healthy. However, when you’re juggling the household, appointments, kids’ events, and maybe even deployments, scheduling an annual eye exam can seem like the last thing on your to-do list. In the past when scheduling an appointment with your eye doctor, you may have needed a referral from your primary care doctor first, or perhaps one of your kids needed glasses and you had to budget the full cost of their eyewear.

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Thankfully, the process to access eye care just got a whole lot easier! For the first time, military families can enjoy comprehensive vision benefits, including an allowance for eyewear and an eye exam without a referral. You and your family can now have the vision benefits you deserve, so you don’t have to worry about you or your family’s eye care and can focus on everything else that needs tackling.

Family members of active duty military, and retired service members and their families may be eligible for comprehensive vision benefits. Visit for more information.

You can also check out our follow-up blog that answers some of your most common questions.


  • Karen Morgan says:

    My husband is a retired Air Force Vet. I did not know that at the time of signing up for vision insurance that he would make us eligible for comprehensive benefit discounts(?). Our fees are over $500.00 a year and any discount would help us greatly since we are on a fixed income now.

    • Gilbert D. FOULKE says:

      Karen, Your husband, being retired AF, is eligible for glasses through the nearest military facility of VA. I get mine through the nearest AF base at no cost. Not the most stylish, but…..

  • Richard L Schneider says:


  • Robert Abell says:

    I am moving to Denver, CO on 9/21/2018. What do I need to do?

  • Janice says:

    We’ve been using VSP Vision Care (not through Tricare) for several years. My husband is retired military and we recently went to Barnett Dulaney Perkins Eye Center for a thorough exam, i.e., cataracts, macular degeneration, etc. Between Medicare, Tricare and VSP, we had significant savings, paying only what would be considered a deductible. I pay about $140 a year for VSP for both my husband and I, and it is well worth it.

  • John Czerwinski says:

    We originally picked up VSP Vision Insurance through USAA. Now that Tricare will be offering Vision Care through VSP will be automatically be transferred? Is some other process required?

  • Eddie Adams says:

    What if the insurance policy we have with VSP is a discounted rate already through USAA? Additionally, I haven’t checked the link yet but I would think it’s safe to assume that with it being Tricare, retired means a service member such as myself must have completed a 20 year term or more in the service.

  • Patrick Watkins says:

    I’m retired over 65 and have Tricare for life and my wife is on Tricare prime. I also have disabled daughter 34 years old and a son who is 24 years old. Do we qualify as a family plan?

  • I am a retiree already enrolled but not with retiree benefits

  • Teena Hammond says:

    We just joined VSP through USAA – my husband is retired AF – will we be eligible – if so, how does that impact our current VSP plan? Any info would help a lot. Thanks!

  • Frank Leist says:

    Presently have VSP Choice plan. I will convert to the Federal plan that is being offered in the coming months during open enrollment. Do I cancel my plan presently and have it end Dec 31 18 so this new federal plan takes place Jan 1?

  • Romona says:

    Does this include ChampVA?

  • Linda Huhn says:

    Just want a quote. I have vsp now but will need when I retire,

    • Lauren E says:

      Hi Linda – I’ve passed along your message and someone will be reaching out directly through email.
      – Lauren from VSP

  • Rasmita Dhruv says:

    Currently I have a VSP premium plan, and i would like to add my spouse as dependent to my plan. What is the monthly premium and how do i go about adding him?

  • Thomas E. Mohr says:

    I am retired Army with medical, dental, and vision coverage through Tricare Prime. I am enrolled in VSP with my current employer. What changes will I have to make? What is the best way for me to get glasses? Thank you!

  • CPT Mike Norris says:

    I’m retired Indiana Army National Guard officer, age 54. Is there any VSP insurance available through Tricare or otherwise I should know about and if so how may I apply?

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