Vision care insurance is insurance that provides coverage for services relating to the care and treatment of the eyes. It typically covers services delivered by an optometrist or opthamologist. Depending on the specific plan, some or all of the following services may be covered:
  • Yearly eye exams 
  • Glasses (with an annual limit) 
  • Contact lenses and fitting (with an annual limit) 
  • Glaucoma screening 
Some vision plans may provide more extensive coverage (such as certain eye surgeries), while others may limit coverage to "reasonable and customary" charges incurred during routine eye exams. Reasonable and customary charges generally don't include the cost of glasses and contact lenses. With some employer-sponsored vision plans, coverage may be even more narrowly limited to the medical treatment of certain eye conditions. This is rare, however.