Tips to make the most of VSP vision benefits

Get more from your University of Alaska vision benefits.  Follow these 6 tips to get the most out of your vision plan. Here is what you need to know to maximize your VSP benefits:

1. Know what your plan covers:

To find out what your vision plan covers, simply create an account at and log in for your detailed benefit information. Log in using the “Employee ID” option using your employee ID with a zero in front of it. Easily find details like co-pays, frame allowance and lens enhancement coverage.

2. Find a conveniently located VSP network eye doctor

As a VSP member, you’ll get the most out of your benefits when you visit a Premier Program location. If you don’t have an eye doctor, visit to find a Premier Program location near you. When you show up for your appointment, just let them know you have VSP. 

Visit to find a Premier Program location near you. 

If you schedule an appointment at a location you didn’t find on, make sure to verify they are actually in-network with VSP. Some places say they “accept” VSP, only to offer a limited discount or out-of-network benefits, which can mean you pay a lot more out of your pocket. 

  1. Get a comprehensive eye exam 

A comprehensive eye exam is your yearly check-up of your vision as well as the health of your eyes. UA’s plan covers this exam with just a $10 copay from you.

  1. Choose from a wide selection of stylish frames and lenses

Finding the right eyewear for you and your family is easy when you see a VSP network eye doctor. You’ll get an extra $20 to spend when you choose a featured frame brand. Plus, you can save up to 40% on popular lens enhancements like anti-reflective coatings, progressives, and light-reactive (photochromic) lenses.

  1. Take advantage of your second-pair eyewear benefit

Many people don’t realize that you can save up to 20% on a second pair of glasses, including any lens enhancements, when you purchase from your VSP network eye doctor within 12 months of your last eye exam.

  1. Shopping online? Get in-network savings with Eyeconic

Most VSP members can use their vision benefits to buy eyewear online at Eyeconic—including stylish frames, lens enhancements, and contacts. Visit to see how seamlessly you can connect your eyewear insurance coverage with your eye doctor’s expertise—all while enjoying in-network savings. Eyeconic is the ONLY online store to partner with the VSP network of eye doctors to offer in-network benefits.