A lot of people wonder whether their insurance policy covers prescription glasses too. The answer to this question will depend, of course, on the type and breadth of your policy. Generally, unless you have a specific vision insurance policy, prescription glasses will not be covered.
In most policies, vision and things related to it (glasses, contact lenses, etc.) are covered only if there is any damage to your eye due to an accident or injury. Routine eye problems are not covered under most plans. Therefore, it is recommended that you get a group or individual vision insurance policy – a small add on to your general plan that will significantly lower the costs of regular eye exams. Additionally, most plans also subsidize the cost of prescription glasses or lenses along with any surgery such as LASIK, etc. The only condition is that you have to procure the glasses from specified opticians only.
The add on cost of vision insurance over your existing policy is generally small (around $150 p.a. – less than $15 per month) There is usually a deductible which is under $50 in most cases. This is a significantly small price to pay for the rewards, which can include coverage for routine eye exams, prescription glasses, lenses, and even surgery such as LASIK, etc.
A group or individual vision insurance policy is a great choice for those who have a history of vision related problems. With the amount of time spent before computer and TV screens, the chances of damaging the eyesight have only increased. Keeping these factors in mind, it is recommended that you get a vision policy in addition to your regular insurance plan. The costs are minuscule compared to the benefits. Not only will it cover your eye exams, but also help you save money on glasses, contacts, and even surgery.