Choosing a Vision Plan:
Six Questions to Ask

Choosing a Vision Plan: Six Questions to Ask

Choosing a Vision Plan: Six Questions to Ask

Open enrollment can be confusing—answering these questions will help you feel confident that enrolling in VSP Vision Care during open enrollment is a great choice for you and your family.

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Do I really need
vision coverage?

Do I really need vision coverage?

Vision insurance isn't just for people who need to wear glasses!

An annual eye exam is an important part of maintaining your overall health, even if you aren’t noticing any vision problems. When you become a VSP member, you'll stay healthy, save money, and look great, with an average annual savings of $445.

What's a
doctor network?

What’s a doctor network?

Finding a doctor you love—or keeping your current doctor—is important! With VSP, most members have access to five VSP network doctors within five miles of where they live or work. When you see an in-network doctor, you’ll get more out of your vision coverage and can count on low out-of-pocket costs and take advantage of exclusive member-only offers on contacts, sunglasses, lens enhancements, and more!

Do I get a comprehensive
eye exam?

Do I get a comprehensive
eye exam?

Each VSP plan provides access to a yearly eye exam that’s more than just a vision screening. All VSP network doctors perform a WellVision Exam®, which is a comprehensive eye exam that not only evaluates your vision, but also checks for general health conditions that can be detected through the retina like diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

How do I use
my benefit?

How do I use my benefit?

Getting started with VSP is easy! After you enroll with your employer during your open enrollment period you can:

  1. Create an account on, where you can review your personalized plan details and eligibility.
  2. Find a doctor who's in network and conveniently located near you.
  3. Schedule your appointment! There's no ID card required; however, if you'd like to download or print your Member Vision Card, simply log in to your account on

What’s a frame

What’s a frame allowance?

Whether you like classic or sporty frames, VSP can help you find your perfect pair at a price that will make you happy. A frame allowance is the amount covered by your insurance and VSP members get an Extra $20 to spend on top of their frame allowance when they choose a featured frame brand. If you prefer to shop online and in-network, Eyeconic syncs with your VSP benefits!

How can I get
vision benefits?

How can I get vision benefits?

There are a few different ways to become a VSP member:

  1. Enroll through your employer. Ask your employer if they offer a VSP vision plan, or if they offer a plan when you retire. Enroll during your open enrollment and during any qualifying life events (marriage, baby, job change, etc.).
  2. Need coverage you can buy on your own? Enroll in an individual or family plan, or gift a plan from
  3. Enroll in VSP through an Exchange or Marketplace. If you are eligible, go directly to your enrollment web site and enroll in VSP.
  4. Eligible federal employees and annuitants can enroll in VSP Vision Care during Open Season, November 12 - December 10, 2018 (Midnight, EST). New for 2019, certain retired members of the uniformed services, their families and family members of active duty service men and women can enroll in vision care through FEDVIP. Learn more at