Use it or lose it: Tips for maxing out your vision benefits before 2023

As 2022 draws to a close, it’s important to review your benefits plan and make sure you’ve taken full advantage of any remaining coverage you have before it expires - especially when it comes to your vision. 

Letting coverage from your benefits plan lapse is basically like leaving money on the table, as most plans don’t allow you to roll over unclaimed benefits to the following calendar year. So make sure you’ve thoroughly reviewed your plan to see whether you and your family can make use of any of these about-to-expire benefits before the year is over. 

Here are our top tips for getting the most out of your vision plan this year. 

  • Review your vision plan in detail
  • If you aren’t sure what’s included (or leftover) in your vision plan, get in touch with your insurance provider or talk to your HR team about coverage information. Many insurance providers also have online portals where you can log in and see your plan as well as coverage details about your vision benefits. 

  • Schedule your yearly eye exam
  • You need an eye exam every year to ensure your prescription is accurate and up-to-date. Many benefits plans will include coverage for an eye exam performed by an optometrist, so make sure to check your plan to see whether you have remaining coverage for a yearly check-up. 

    Eye exams are the most effective way of caring for your eyes. Even if you have 20/20 vision, a comprehensive eye exam can detect symptoms of hundreds of other serious health conditions, like diabetes or even prediabetes (through diabetic retinopathy), high cholesterol and high blood pressure. 

    Plus, given how many of us stare at a screen all day, even with good vision, your eye muscles could still have some issues that a check up can help diagnose. Perfect vision or not, ensuring your eyes are checked annually is the best way to keep them in optimal health. 

  • Treat yourself to new contact lenses
  • With a new prescription, you’re ready to renew (or order brand-new) contact lenses. Most vision benefit plans cover contact lens purchases, so if you do buy a pair, make sure you claim them against your benefits before the year is up. 

    When buying contact lenses, it’s crucial you only purchase from authorized resellers to avoid grey market contact lenses, which could be damaged, expired or fail to meet North American safety standards, and pose serious risks to your eye health. 

  • Put flexible benefits towards your eye health
  • Do you have additional flexible benefits through a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings account (FSA) that can be used towards the healthcare needs of your choice? If you’ve already exhausted your vision coverage, consider putting those additional funds towards an eye exam or contact lens purchase before they expire at the end of the year. 

    Place your order today 

    If you want to make use of your vision benefits before they expire at the end of the year, then place an order for contact lenses with VisionPros.  

    VisionPros is proud to be an authorized reseller for all four leading contact lens manufacturers in the United States and Canada. If you have any further questions, please contact our customer service team at 1-800-404-7317 or email info@visionpros.com.