Are Your Eyes Covered?
Vision insurance is a good way to reduce eye care expenses, especially if you are among the millions of Americans with some degree of vision impairment. According to the CDC, the cost of eye care prevents about half of Americans from seeing an eye doctor. In most cases, lack of adequate health insurance kept individuals from seeking care.
If you have health insurance, your policy may cover some vision services. However, it is important not to make assumptions about what is covered. Contacting a health insurance agent who will help you review your policy can prevent surprise bills if you need services later.
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What Does My Health Insurance Policy Cover?
Your health insurance policy covers services that address medical conditions, including eye-related issues. For example, health insurance covers vision surgery for fixing a detached retinal or removing cataracts, but it does not cover routine eye exams and items such as glasses or contacts.
What Does Vision Insurance Cover?
Vision insurance pays for a portion of expenses such as basic preventative care, including vision tests and eye exams. It also covers eyeglasses, including the lenses and the frames, and/or contacts. Depending on your plan, there may be additional benefits, such as coverage for daily disposable contacts.
Vision insurance does not cover eye surgeries. If your optometrist notices a medical problem during your annual eye exam, they will refer you to a medical doctor, such as an ophthalmologist, for further evaluation. From there, your health insurance would pay for treatment if it were deemed “medically necessary”.
Does Insurance Cover Corrective Surgery?
Corrective surgery has become an increasingly popular choice for those with less-than-perfect vision. Despite its convenience and cost-saving benefits, corrective surgery is not medically necessary and is not covered by either your health or vision insurance. However, because it can ultimately save the insurance company money, many vision plans include discounts that may help you afford surgery.
Do I Need Both?
If you wear glasses or contacts, the benefits of vision insurance are obvious – annual eye exams can be pricy, and depending on your prescription and eye health, corrective lenses can be a significant expense.
However, even if you have perfect vision, you should not skip eye exams. These exams can detect hidden medical problems, including brain tumors, certain types of cancer, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, thyroid disease or vitamin deficiencies. If you are under 40, current recommendations are that you visit an optometrist every five to ten years. As you get older, more frequent appointments are recommended.
If occasional routine appointments are all you need, then you probably do not need vision insurance. However, if you have poor vision or a family history of eye disease or a condition like diabetes that increases your risk of eye disease, vision insurance can save you money.
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