Regular eye exams important for overall health

January 02, 2020

If your New Year’s resolutions include taking better care of your health, don’t forget your eyes. The VSP vision exam benefit along with vision eyewear coverage can help keep your eyes healthy and your vision strong.

It’s been said that the eyes are windows to the soul, but did you know your eyes are windows to your overall health? That’s because when you have a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor looks inside your eyes to check their health as well as look for signs of other problems.

By dilating your pupils, eye doctors have an unobstructed view of blood vessels and the optic nerve. As a result, serious conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid diseases, and even certain cancers can be detected through an eye exam.

Regardless of your age, make regular eye exams a part of your routine preventive care.

VSP vision exam benefit

Employees and their family members with medical coverage* through the Board of Pensions are automatically enrolled in the VSP vision exam benefit, which covers annual routine eye exams from VSP Choice providers, as well as follow-up exams and screenings related to diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, or age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Discounts on prescription glasses and sunglasses from VSP providers are also available.

You don’t need an ID card to use this benefit. Simply tell your VSP Choice network provider you have coverage for an annual vision exam through VSP and provide the last four digits of your Social Security number, along with group number 30022595.

Vision eyewear coverage

If offered by your employer, vision eyewear coverage helps with the cost of prescription eyewear, should you need corrective lenses. Employees who elect this benefit can receive either glasses or contacts annually from a VSP Choice provider for as little as $25. The provider network is the same VSP Choice network used by the VSP vision exam benefit. Just tell your provider you have separate vision eyewear coverage for your glasses or contacts.

If you’re a retired member

If you’re enrolled in the Medicare Supplement Plan, you can receive up to $125 of your annual preventive care benefit toward the cost of a routine vision exam, when there are no signs or symptoms of illness. The preventive care benefit does not cover the cost of glasses or contacts.

*Those enrolled in Triple-S or GeoBlue have preventive care benefits under their plans, but coverage details may differ. Consult your plan’s provisions for details.