MAKE SMART VISION CHOICES

Your new EyeMed vision plan

Whether or not you currently have coverage, you will need to actively elect this new plan

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Effective Jan. 1, 2019, EyeMed will replace UnitedHealthcare as the vision plan administrator for Johns Hopkins. If you currently have vision coverage, you will need to actively elect EyeMed to continue to have coverage in 2019. This new plan provides an annual eye exam for only a $10 copay and provides enhanced coverage for lenses (including contact lenses), frames, and discounts on laser vision correction.

Some of the highlights of the new EyeMed vision plan:

  • Eye exam: $10 copay (once yearly)
  • Lenses (single vision, lined bifocal, lined trifocal, lenticular): $20 copay (once yearly)
  • Frames: $150 allowance (once yearly)
  • Elective contact lenses, in lieu of frames and lenses: $150 allowance
  • Medically necessary contact lenses: 0 percent (you pay)
  • Laser vision correction: 15 percent discount

You can enroll for vision coverage now through the myChoices enrollment site when you elect your other benefit choices for 2019. Once enrolled, your deductions will be taken on a pretax basis from your paycheck, allowing you to further stretch your vision care dollars.

To find a provider or learn more about discounts and services available through EyeMed:

  • Visit eyemed.com
  • From the homepage, click Find a Provider
  • Use the Provider Locator tool to find a vision care provider that fits your needs

Answers to your vision care questions

Have questions about vision care? Read through the following frequently asked questions for answers. To learn more about vision wellness, visit eyesiteonwellness.com.

I don't wear glasses, and I can see fine. Why do I need an eye exam? Getting an eye exam is not just about finding out if you need glasses. It's about your health. An exam can not only detect eye health problems such as glaucoma or cataracts, but it can also help identify early signs of diseases that impact your whole body—high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, to name just a few.

How often should I get an eye exam? As with any type of ongoing health care, annual eye exams are a good rule of thumb (unless otherwise directed by your doctor).

At what age should my child first visit the eye doctor? The American Optometric Association recommends that children should have their first eye exam with an optometrist or ophthalmologist between 6 months and 1 year of age. The doctor will check for nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, amblyopia ("lazy eye"), proper eye movement and alignment, how the eye reacts to light and darkness, and other eye health problems. It also recommends that your child's next eye exam should take place sometime between the ages of 3 and 5, and then every year after that.

I'm ready to enroll for EyeMed vision care. Will I get an ID card? And what if I lose it? EyeMed provides two ID cards in the subscriber's name, but you aren't required to have it at the time of service. If you lose your card or need extras for your family, you can print a replacement by creating an account at EyeMed.com or download the EyeMed Members App to pull up a digital version anytime, anywhere.

Does EyeMed offer any additional discounts? At participating in-network providers, members looking for additional pairs of eyeglasses receive 40 percent off a full pair or 20 percent off a partial pair (lenses only or frames only). You can also receive 20 percent off nonprescription sunglasses and accessories. Create an account at EyeMed.com and log in anytime to view additional special offers for EyeMed

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