The average cost of an initial eye check with an ophthalmologist in the United States is $125. That already seems like a lot, but then if you need additional testing, that out-of-pocket cost goes up more. These prices can be even higher depending on which state you live in.

Not to mention active-duty families may have to travel great distances for specialized care that isn’t available near their duty station.

Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the cost of vision care. One option is to enroll in a vision insurance plan through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

It is important to keep in mind that in 2017, Congress made changes to TRICARE that expanded eligibility requirements for FEDVIP plans. These changes made it possible for active duty families as well as retirees from the uniformed services and their families to participate. This means you have several different choices available to you in terms of vision coverage.

BCBS FEP Vision understands the unique needs of uniformed service families and offers quality benefits to help them save money in the long run. For example, if you received a vision care exam, frames, a one-year breakage warranty, and polycarbonate lenses, you’d pay $405. With the Standard Option, you’d only pay $58. With High Option, you’d pay nothing.

Members of BCBS FEP Vision also get access to a network with over 125,000 independent providers and national retailers, such as Walmart, America’s Best, LensCrafters, MyEyeDr. and Vista Optical in Select Military Exchanges.

Plus, BCBS FEP Vision members enjoy benefits like fully-covered vision care exams when visiting in-network providers so they can have peace of mind for their whole family’s health.

In addition to quality benefits and services, BCBS FEP Vision is committed to providing uniformed service families with the affordable vision care they deserve.

Open Season ends at midnight December 12, 2022, Eastern Time, so now is a great time to think about your family’s vision needs and enroll in a vision plan. Click here to learn more about BCBS FEP Vision and enroll now.



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