The term vision insurance is commonly used to describe health and wellness plans designed to reduce your costs for routine preventive eye care (eye exams) and prescription eyewear (eyeglasses and contact lenses). Some vision plans also offer discounts on elective vision correction surgery, such as LASIK and PRK. But unlike major medical insurance policies that may provide unlimited benefits after certain co-pays and deductibles are met, most vision insurance plans are discount plans or wellness benefit plans that provide specific benefits and discounts for an annual premium.
In effect, these vision discount and wellness benefits plans offer savings much like a gift card. As such, they can be used to cover much of the cost of basic eyewear, or they can be used to make premium eyewear products and enhancements, such as progressive lenses, anti-reflective coating, and photochromic lenses. significantly more affordable.
When purchasing vision insurance, be sure you fully understand the costs and benefits associated with the plan(s) you are considering. Also, if you have vision care coverage through a plan at work, be aware that vision insurance plans usually operate differently than other health insurance plans or major medical insurance.
James Beach Insurance Agency is always available to answer any questions you have or clearly explain the differences.
It is always a good idea to ask the business staff at your eye doctor’s office to advise you of the specific benefits of your vision plan prior to your exam and eyewear purchase so there are no surprises afterward.
Vision care, as a general term, refers to insurance plans that cover wellness and discount plans that offer vision benefits, as well as more traditional health and medical plans that include vision benefits as well as coverage for eye conditions and diseases and treatment of eye injuries.
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