Is Vision Insurance Worth It?

Deciding what health coverage’s you need can be overwhelming. Vision coverage is one of those add on items that you can either take or leave it. It is important to note that vision insurance does not cover all things pertaining to your eye. Medical insurance covers things like accidents, surgery and eye diseases.

What vision insurance covers.

  • Eyes exams
  • Glasses
  • Contacts

What vision coverage cost.

Vision insurance through the group market is not very expensive and is typically between $3-$7 a month. Also, getting coverage through the market allows for broader coverage which includes more in network doctors and more benefits for glasses and contacts. Vision insurance that is not through your employer will cost $15 – $60 month for individuals and families. Most plans offer the same benefits with a $15 copay for an exam, about $120 for glasses or contacts with a discount on any additional amount.

If you were to pay out of pocket, typically an eye exam costs about $60 and a pair of glasses can range from $100-$500. Contacts can be between $100-$200. Depending on what your vision needs are, the cost of coverage needs to be weighed. If you don’t currently wear glasses or contacts, your needs are not as great as someone who does. In addition, routine physicals by your medical doctor often includes a basic eye exam.