Don’t Lose Your Benefits!

Most vision plans renew every year. Learn how to take advantage of your expiring benefits.

With January 1st just around the corner, your vision benefits may be expiring. If you have vision insurance benefits or flexible spending accounts (FSA), now is the time to utilize all that they offer. So if you haven’t already, here are four great ways to make use of your vision benefits before time runs out.

1. Schedule your annual eye exam*.

Schedule your annual eye exam

Eye exams are an essential aspect of not only your eye health, but your overall health too. Through your eyes, an optometrist may be able to detect other diseases in addition to eye-related issues. If you haven’t scheduled your annual eye exam, now is the time. Most vision plans entitle you to an annual eye exam as well as discounts on updating eyewear prescriptions, so why wait?

2. Know your FSA balance and your options.

Know your FSA balance and your options

How much is an eye exam? There is no true average cost of an eye exam because everyone requires different tests. Thankfully, your vision benefits can help lower the cost. Even if you have used your vision plan, you might still have some money remaining in your FSA and in most cases those remaining dollars won’t roll over into the new year. You might be surprised to find how valuable remaining FSA money can be in helping get an affordable eye exam, so be sure to see where yours stands. If you do have money left over, consider purchasing an extra pair of eyeglasses.

You could even use your remaining money as an opportunity to try contact or colored lenses. BluTech lenses are another great option. These lenses reduce exposure to harmful blue light emitted from everyday electronic devices like cell phones, tablets and computers. Increased exposure to blue light can cause harmful side effects such as headaches, blurred vision and even long-term vision loss. If you’ve ever wanted to try BluTech lenses, this could be the perfect time for you.

3. Don’t forget the sunglasses!

Don’t forget the sunglasses

No matter the time of year, sunglasses can help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays (back up sunglasses are especially useful if you’re a winter skier!) Besides, you might as well start the new year right with a refreshed style before you lose those vision benefits.

4. Give the gift of vision.

Give the gift of vision

’Tis the season of giving. Your remaining FSA dollars don’t necessarily have to be spent on you. Consult your vision benefits for details. Non-prescription sunglasses for everyday wear make a wonderfully practical and stylish gift for any occasion. So do designer frames! You can scratch someone off your list while making the most of your benefit plan.

During the busy holiday season, make sure you find the time to maximize your vision benefits and make sure to talk to your provider to find out if your insurance covers eye exams. These are just a few helpful hints so you can make the most of your benefits. If you are unsure of your benefits spending, visit your local Pearle Vision to learn more or schedule an eye exam*. We also welcome your current prescription.

Because at Pearle Vision, it isn’t just about vision, it’s about genuine eye care. Our neighborhood eye care experts take the time to get to know you and your vision, so they can help you achieve your greatest potential.

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*Eye exams available by independent Doctors of Optometry at or next to Pearle Vision in most states. Doctors in some states are employed by Pearle Vision. © 2018 Pearle Vision, Inc. All rights reserved.

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