University of California Health and Insurance Coverage for Residents and Fellows

Vision Coverage

What to Know

The vision plan, administered by VSP, helps to keep your vision crystal clear by covering annual exams and lenses (with a small copayment for each). Plus, it covers a portion of the cost of contact lenses and frames.

How the Plan Works

The plan gives you access to a large network of VSP eye care professionals. You can also see out-of-network providers, but you’ll generally pay less when you see one in the VSP network. And if you have diabetic eye disease, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, you can receive additional care [PDF].

What You Pay for Care

Annual Eye Exam and Vision Screening (once every 12 months)
Prescription Glasses
Frames (once every 24 months)
Lenses (once every 12 months)
Contact Lenses (once every 12 months)
VSP Providers
$10 copayment
$25 copayment
Any amount over the max allowance (up to $150 depending on the frame), plus a 20% savings after the allowance
Included in prescription glasses copayment:
• Single-vision, lined bifocal and trifocal lenses
• Polycarbonate lenses for covered children
• Tints and photochromics
• Standard progressive lenses
• Premium progressive lenses: $80–$90
• Custom progressive lenses $120–$160
Discount of 35%–40% on other lens enhancements
In lieu of frame and lenses:
Fitting & evaluation: Up to $60 copayment
Lenses: Any amount over the $130 allowance
Out-of-Network Providers
Any amount over the $50 allowance
Not applicable
Any amount over the $70 allowance
Single: Any amount over the $50 allowance
Lined bifocal: Any amount over the $75 allowance
Lined trifocal: Any amount over the $100 allowance
Progressive lenses: Any amount over the $75 allowance
Tints: Any amount over the $5 allowance
Any amount over the $110 allowance

Find a Vision Care Provider

Find an in-network provider, or check coverage and costs at, or call (800) 877-7195.

ID Cards

You won’t need to bring an ID card to your appointment. Just give your vision care provider your name, date of birth and Social Security number. If you’re a dependent, provide these details for the primary enrollee.

VSP Discounts

As a VSP member, you have access to discounts on things such as lenses [PDF]frames [PDF] and hearing aids [PDF] from a variety of participating retailers, including online [PDF].

Provider Contact Information

Graduate Medical Education Office

VSP Vision Care

Group Number: 30081855
(800) 877-7195
Mobile apps
Create an account at