Savings come into focus for member with vision eyewear coverage

April 01, 2019

​“Vision eyewear coverage has saved us more than $900 so far, and my husband and I haven’t ordered our glasses yet. This is an incredible benefit option.”

Plan member Laurie Milone nearly missed the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars on glasses for herself and her family. Her employer offered vision eyewear coverage as a new benefit for 2019, but she almost didn’t elect it.

“While I was electing my benefits during annual enrollment last fall, I almost breezed right by the vision eyewear benefit option. Then I realized that we were all wearing glasses that were almost four years old. So I checked the ‘perks’ against the cost ($157 a year for the whole family), and decided that it would be so worth it,” said Laurie.

Fast-forward to March of this year when Laurie’s two stepsons got new glasses. “We were blown away by the cost savings,” Laurie said. The retail cost for both pairs of glasses would have been $1,234, but Laurie used a VSP provider and paid just a little over $300. “In addition to our copays, that included the cost for scratch-resistant lenses and a one-year protection plan in case anybody breaks their new glasses, as if that would ever happen,” she said with a smile.

Laurie appreciated that she received a detailed Savings Statement showing exactly how much she saved on the cost of each of her stepson’s new glasses. “And, it was so easy to use,” she said. “I just told the optician I had VSP coverage and provided the last four digits of my Social Security number.”

The bottom line? “Vision eyewear coverage has saved us more than $900* so far, and my husband and I haven’t ordered our glasses yet. This is an incredible benefit option,” Laurie reported. Plus the family won’t have to wait another four years to get new glasses again because frames or contacts are covered every year.

Read details about how vision eyewear coverage works.

*Savings may vary based on frames and options selected.

Learn more about vision eyewear coverage

Vision eyewear coverage offered by the Board of Pensions is an optional benefit that provides an annual allowance for glasses or contacts, as well as discounts on extra pairs of glasses, sunglasses, lens enhancements, and more. Employers who wish to offer this benefit to their employees can select it when completing the Employer Agreement. Learn more.