3 ways to get the most from your end-of-year benefits

So, you’ve got vision benefits? That’s good news since they help you save money, stay healthy and see everything life has to offer.

Your vision plan outlines what your benefits cover and when you can use them; Here’s a great read to help you understand how. Not all, but many plans are based on a calendar year, which means there’s typically an end-of year rush to use benefits.  But this isn’t a typical year. This year, managing that rush will be particularly important.

Here are 3 ways to help you safely take advantage of your benefits before they run out.

1. Plan ahead

Many providers are taking extra safety precautions, like limiting the number of customers in the store to maintain social distancing, as well as increasing how often they clean equipment, glasses and store surfaces.

While necessary, these protocols mean you’ll want to schedule your end-of-year appointment a little earlier. (Hint: Now’s a good time.) You’ll also want to call your eye doctor ahead to confirm hours and ask about any changes that may necessitate spending more time in-office.

To make it even sweeter to schedule your end-of-year eye exam, LensCrafters® is offering EyeMed members a chance to get in early and save extra. From October 26 to November 15, members can enjoy a limited-time offer: An extra $50 off your first pair of glasses plus 50% off additional complete pairs.1

2. Look for the badge

When it’s time to find an in-network eye doctor, take a spin through our new Provider Locator and look for the Safety Ready2 badge. It’s an easy way for you to locate providers who’ve let us know they follow safety and cleanliness guidelines.

You can also search by location, hours, brands, services — even languages spoken.

3. Grab your FSA cash

This year flexibility is key, so why not tap into your Flexible Spending Account (FSA)? If you have one through your employer, an FSA allows you to funnel pre-tax dollars into an account to be used for qualifying health expenses, like copays, deductibles and most prescriptions, including glasses and contacts. Check your specific FSA guidelines to understand what purchases qualify.

Combined with your vision benefits, it’s like a double way to save.

Speaking of savings, EyeMed members also get access to everyday offers and deals from participating in-network providers, like LensCrafters®.  Log in to Member Web and check special offers before you head to your exam.

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1 Present offer to save an extra $50 off a complete pair (frame and premium anti-reflective lenses) – combinable with vision insurance or main in-store promotion. Also receive 50% off additional complete pairs. Complete pair (frame and premium anti-reflective lenses) purchase required. Cannot be combined with Great Value Package, Designer Sale or Kids 50% Off Complete Pair, other bonus or package offers, previous purchases, readers or non-prescription sunglasses. Valid prescription is required. Discounts are off tag price. No cash value. $50 Savings applied to lenses. 50% off savings applied to additional complete pairs; offers may not be used on the same pair. Cartier frames, Varilux lenses, and standard plastic lenses excluded. Void where prohibited. See associate for details. Offer valid in store only and expires 11/15/2020. $50 Code 757292. 50% Off Code 757293.

2See eyemed.com/en-us/coronavirus-eyehealth for details on Safety Ready provider confirmation criteria