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Vision Care Benefits: A Great Value


How can an annual eye exam affect my health?
Will I use the vision benefit?
How will a vision benefit save me money?
Are vision benefits easy to use?
What if my vision care provider doesn't participate in the panel?

How can an annual eye exam affect my health?

Annual eye exams not only detect diseases of the eye like cataracts and glaucoma, but also enable early detection of other diseases like diabetes, multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure. Early identification and correction of sight problems in children can greatly aid in performance at school. Many of us spend a large amount of time in front of computer screens and may benefit from corrective lenses specifically designed for that environment. An annual eye exam is an important part of keeping you and your family in good health.

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Will I use the vision benefit?

Today, more than 157 million Americans wear some form of corrective eye wear. As we age, our need for eye examinations and vision correction increases. Almost 55.4 million adults over the age of 50 use corrective eye wear. One in four children has vision problems. Increasingly, individuals with nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism are turning to Laser Refractive Surgery (LASIK), or Photo-Refractive Keratectomy (PRK) for correction of their vision problems. A vision benefit, from your employer, union or health plan, covering an annual eye exam and corrective eye wear is a valuable investment in your health and a great way to save money on eye wear.

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How will a vision benefit save me money?

Taking care of your eyes is critically important but it can be expensive. Whether you are already enrolled in a vision benefit program or contemplating doing so, here are some important facts to keep in mind:

Throughout the vision care industry, the average annual cost of eye care is well over $230 per individual, including an exam and eyewear. If you have a family you'll need to consider the potential needs of your children. It is recommended that children have a comprehensive eye exam annually beginning at age four. Proper vision care remains critically important as children progress through school.

With one of NVA's Benevision® vision care programs your costs can range from $10.00 to $140.00 depending upon your program and the frame styles you choose.

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Are vision benefits easy to use?

Using your NVA vision benefit is easy to use. Here is all you need to do:

1) Select a participating provider. A provider locator is available on our web site, through the IVR phone system at (800) 672-7723, or you may opt to speak to a customer service representative to obtain information.

2) Call the provider to schedule your appointment. Some retailers may even take walk-ins; check with the provider you choose.

3) Go to your appointment and NVA will handle the rest. Your participating provider will bill NVA for all covered services you receive. NVA, on behalf of your plan, will reimburse the provider based on your plan's allowances.

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What if my vision care provider doesn't participate in the panel?

NVA's national network of providers includes tens of thousands of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. It encompasses independent practitioners as well as optical retailers. You can easily check to see if your provider participates by calling us toll-free or using www.e-nva.com. If your provider is not currently on the panel of providers,  contact us and we will solicit that provider to join the NVA provider network.

If you do decide to use a provider that is not on the panel, your plan may offer reimbursement of a percentage of the money you spent on covered services. Simply print the Direct Reimbursement Claim Form, complete it, attach your receipts and mail it to NVA for processing.

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