All About Lens Enhancements 

Prescription glasses have become more advanced. Lens enhancements have made wearing glasses a more practical affair for everyone. But of course, these advancements have come with their associated costs. VSP Individual Vision Plans has a few frequently asked questions and answers about lens enhancements and how to keep those costs down. 

What is a lens enhancement?

A lens enhancement is an optional feature for your prescription lenses that’s designed to improve your overall experience with your glasses. Lens enhancements can make wearing glasses for vision correction more precise and comfortable.

Are lens enhancements optional?

Yes, glasses lens enhancements are optional, however many individuals need at least one or two lens enhancements to be added to their glasses to best support their lifestyle. For example, an impact resistance lens enhancement makes sense if you’re active. The UV protection lens enhancement may be recommended if you frequent the outdoors. Other lens enhancements make for a more consistent visual experience or are even more stylish. Every enhancement has some sort of benefit you may find useful.

What types of lens enhancements are available?

There are at least seven different lens enhancements that your eye doctor may have you choose from:

  1.     Scratch-resistant coating—A clear coating that protects your lenses from visible scratches that reduce your ability to see.
  2.     Anti-glare coating—Increases light transmission, eliminating ghost images and reducing the amount of light reflected from the lens surface.
  3.     Impact-resistant lenses—Lenses made from polycarbonate materials that are 10 times stronger than glass and plastic lenses.
  4.     No-line bifocal (progressive) lenses—Line-free lenses where prescription strength gradually changes from distant to near vision.
  5.     Light-to-dark (photochromic adaptive) lenses—Light-sensitive lenses that darken and lighten based on the amount of exposure to sunlight.
  6.     UV protection—A lens treatment that helps absorb the harmful portion of UV light found in sunlight.
  7.     High-index lenses—Thinner, lighter lenses designed to improve comfort and attractiveness for those with high prescriptions.

Can my VSP vision insurance plan help me save on lens enhancements?

Depending on your VSP Vision Plan, you’ll either have a maximum amount you pay out of pocket for lens enhancements, or after a set copay is paid, then all or most of the remaining costs will be covered.

Talk with your eye doctor today about the potential benefits of lens enhancements for your prescription glasses. If you don’t have vision insurance, find out how a VSP Individual Vision Plan can help you save on your next eye exam and glasses.

What VSP members are saying about the VSP Individual Vision Plan

“My first experience with VSP was through a past employer. I enjoyed the benefits but knew they'd end when I quit my job. I was SO excited to see that they were offering individual plans, but was initially a little concerned the cost might be too much. I was so happy to see the costs are extremely reasonable, since I already knew I'd be saving money on my glasses. I've saved hundreds of dollars and know that my eye health is in good hands.”

— Linsey S., Black Eagle, Montana

“It has been great to be able to replace my glasses every few years rather than waiting 10+ years when I had no insurance.”

— Linda L., Alexandria, Virginia

“VSP was my insurance when I was fully employed with one employer for 25 years and I was always pleased with the coverage. Upon retirement, when my former employer no longer covered vision, I was delighted to continue coverage with VSP for my family under an individual plan.”

— Evelyn C., Casa Grande, Arizona

Talk with your eye doctor today about the potential benefits of lens enhancements for your prescription glasses. If you don’t have vision insurance, find out how a VSP Individual Vision Plan can help you save on your next eye exam and glasses.

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