Vision Insurance

Vision coverage is available at any time through VSP, EyeMed, or Blue Shield. I suggest applying for whichever company your preferred optometrist accepts. You can view the plan choices, and apply online at the websites listed below.

Blue Shield

Blue Shield’s vision plans offer access to EyeMed's network. They also provide access to major retail chains, including Costco, Walmart, LensCrafters, and independent eye care providers.

Blue Shield’s monthly rates are roughly half the price of VSP & EyeMed. There is also no 12-month commitment and you can use the plan right away. The coverage will start on the 1st of the following month if you apply by the 15th. Click Apply Now to view the Blue Shield Ultimate Vision plan options available in your area, and make sure to select Dental/Vision under coverage type.

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Use this website to Find a Blue Shield Vision Care provider:

Compare the Blue Shield Vision plans on the chart below

Benefit Copays with participating providers 1
Eye Exam $15 $15 $0
Materials $25 $25 $25
Diabetes management referral 3 $0 $0 $0
Allowances with participating providers 1
Frame Allowance Up to $120 Up to $150 Up to $100
Polycarbonate lenses (only for dependent children) $100 $100 $100
Photochromic lenses $115 - $200 $115 - $200 $115 - $200
Progressive lenses $140 $140 $140
Anti-reflective lens coating $50 $50 $50
Elective contact lenses 2 $120 $120 $120

1. Network providers accept Blue Shield’s allowed charges as payment in full for covered services.
2. You may select contact lenses instead of eyeglasses.
3. This benefit is only available if you also have a Blue Shield medical plan.


VSP is a not-for-profit company that offers instant enrollment with no waiting period since it is a 12-month commitment. No ID card is required to receive care. A VSP Provider can look you up in their system 24 hours after you enroll. VSP offers a robust Network with over 5,000 network doctors in California. They also Include retailers such as Costco, Walmart, and Sam’s Club. However, they do not work with Lenscrafters. VSP uses Eyeconic Optics as its online retailer.
Click Apply Now to view the two VSP plan options (VSP-120 & VSP-175) available and apply online. The VSP-175 plan is the better value if you are looking to get a new pair of glasses.

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View the VSP FAQs here:

Use this website to Find a VSP doctor:

Eye Med

EyeMed is America’s fastest-growing vision benefits company. EyeMed members save an average of 71% off the retail price of eye exams and glasses at participating in-network eye doctors. Over 44,000 independent and retail in-network provider access points. Thousands of national retail providers like LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sears Optical, and Target Optical.

Click Apply Now to view the three EyeMed plan options available and apply online. There is no waiting period to start using the benefits since it is a 12-month commitment, and the coverage will begin on the 1st of the following month.

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View EyeMed’s FAQs here:

Use this website to Find an EyeMed doctor: