Optical

Optical Providers

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Who is eligible

Members and eligible dependents, as defined by the Fund, are entitled to an optical benefit ONCE every calendar year.

What is the Benefit

The Fund will pay up to $80 per eligible person for specified optical services provided by any licensed optometrist, optician or physician* of your choice in accordance with the fee schedule. The fee schedule provides for a maximum allowable amount for each service, which may be claimed once in a calendar year.

*Examinations provided by a physician must first be submitted to your health carrier and a copy of payment or non-payment made must be submitted to the Fund with the claim.

How to receive the benefit

If you are using a participating optical center, an optical voucher must be obtained from the Fund prior to receiving optical services. Allow a minimum of 10 days prior to your appointment for receipt of your voucher from the Fund. Submit the original voucher directly to the provider of services if you utilize a participating optical center.

If you are using a provider of your choice, send your completed original voucher along with an itemized bill (and statement from health carrier if exam was provided by a physician) to the Fund. Photocopies (including faxes) of vouchers are not accepted by the Fund.  Reimbursement will be made to you directly.

Exclusions: Non-prescription glasses/sunglasses and VDT glasses

FUND PAYMENTS
Exam $20
With or Without Exam, Prescription Lenses and Frames* $80
With or Without Exam, Standard Daily Wear Contacts $80
With or Without Exam, Standard Extended Wear Contacts $80
Contacts, Disposable $80
* If the patient has exhausted the exam portion of their annual optical benefit, the reimbursement will be limited to $60. 

MEMBER PAYMENT/SURCHARGES

(Fees payable by the patient/member)

These charges are separate and are not to be construed as included in any other covered service or inclusive in another surcharge.  Frames selected outside the plan frames will have a $140 allowance subtracted from the retail value of the frame.

Progressive (Varilux or equal) $75.00
Ultra Thin Lenses (Hi-Index) $60.00
Progressive Photosensitive Lenses (Generic or Equivalent) $110.00
Anti-Reflective Coating $30.00
Contacts, Disposable* Balance after $80 Fund Payment
Sunsensitized Plastic Single Vision Lenses (including transitions) $40.00
Sunsensitized Plastic Bifocal Lenses (Flat Top 28) including transitions $60.00

* You may not be denied your choice of disposable contact lenses if you choose not to agree to purchase further disposable lenses from the participating provider or the provider’s recommended disposable lens supplier.

Participating Optical Program   The optical allowance of up to $80 every calendar year may be used at a Participating Optical Center selected by the Fund. The Centers agree to provide the following minimum services for the allowance:

  • EYE EXAMINATION – Including glaucoma testing for patients over 35
  • FRAMES – Any frame in the store with a retail value of up to $140
  • LENSES – All ranges of prescription lenses to be of first quality impact resistant glass or plastic, standard or oversized.  Polycarbonate lenses are covered for children who have not reached their 13th
  • LENS TYPES – Single, Bifocal (including generic  invisible or blended), Multifocal, Progressive (Silor Super/Progressive Elegance or equivalent), Daily, Extended and Disposable Contacts. (Cosmetic tinting not included – $80 allowance only for disposable lenses).
  • LENS TREATMENTS – Cosmetic and sun tinting, Scratch Resistance, Photosensitive (generic single and Flat Top 28 glass lenses only) and UV Protection.

The participating Fund optical providers have also agreed to the following set fees, which are the patient’s responsibility:

 

MEMBER PAYMENT/SURCHARGES  (Fees payable by the patient/member)These charges are separate and are not to be construed as included in any other covered service or inclusive in another surcharge. Frames selected outside the plan frames will have a $140 allowance subtracted from the retail value of the frame.
Progressive (Varilux or equal) $75.00
Ultra Thin Lenses (Hi-Index) $60.00
Progressive Photosensitive Lenses (Generic or Equivalent) $110.00
Anti-Reflective Coating $30.00
Contacts, Disposable* Balance after $80 Fund Payment
Sunsensitized Plastic Single Vision Lenses (including transitions) $40.00
Sunsensitized Plastic Bifocal Lenses (Flat Top 28) including transitions $60.00
* You may not be denied your choice of disposable contact lenses if you choose not to agree to purchase further disposable lenses from the participating provider or the provider’s recommended disposable lens supplier.

Refer to fee schedule for exam only benefit