VISION INSURANCE FOR YOUR EYE EXAMS
What is Vision Insurance?
Vision insurance - aka "eye insurance" or "vision plan" or even "vision discount plans" are all types of vision benefits that cover all, or part of a routine eye exam (the type of eye exam that is a check up which does not include management of medical eye problems like glaucoma, cataracts, corneal abrasions, strabismus, amblyopia, convergence insufficiency, eye tracking problems, diabetes or even eye allergies or pink eye. All your visits for these types of problems are billed to medical insurance carriers like Medicaid, Medicare, BCBS and Aetna).
A routine exam is designed for our optometrist to check for eyeglasses prescriptions, contact lens prescriptions, and to monitor eye health, often with dilation eye drops, but it is not designed for appointments to manage those medical eye problems listed above.
What vision insurances do we accept? Below are some of the ones we take. Call us for the most updated list or if you have any questions.
Frequently asked questions
Insurance For Eye Glasses
How do I use my vision plan to buy glasses?
This is a common question we get from patients who've never gone through the process before. The first step is to select a frame and then after that, our optical team member will sit down with you and discuss options that you decide on for your lenses (like deciding to get anti glare coatings, tints, or different materials). We will take measurements with the frames on your face so that you'll look and see your best while you wear your new eyewear.
My vision plan covers $150 towards frames. But what if the frames I want cost $300?
If your frames cost $300 and the allowed amount is $150, then your out of pocket expense will be $150 ($300 - $150).
I don't want to "break the bank" for my new eyewear. Can I get glasses through my plan without spending any money?
Probably. As long as you select a frame under or at the allowed amount, and select lenses that are covered "in full" by your plan, you will walk away with a pair of glasses that may be fully covered.
Insurance At Optometry Clinics - Basics
Which types of insurance does your eye clinic accept?
As of fall of 2020, we are in network with the following vision plans
Can I use my vision plan for eye emergency visits?
Vision plans, such as VSP, Eyemed, and NBN do not usually cover visits for emergency reasons because they are designed to help with costs for routine services (eye exams, contacts and glasses related) and products only.
Do you accept Medicare and Medicaid?
No. Northwest Vision Development Center is not currently contracted with either of the above.
Insurance For Contacts
Can I use my vision plan to get contacts?
It depends on your plan, but yes, most plans have coverage for contact lens services (the evaluation the Optometrist makes to determine your contact lens prescription) and products (the actual boxes of contacts you will purchase for your annual supply).
Can I use my vision plan for contact lenses AND glasses?
Usually your vision plan will cover only contact lens related service/products OR eyeglasses related products in one year's time.
I like a certain brand of contact lenses. Does my vision plan cover any brand?
Vision plans will usually cover the same amount of money towards contact lens evaluations and products no matter what brand, material, shape or size of lenses. So you don't have to worry about your coverage changing depending on which brand is prescribed.