Vision Benefits

GW offers a choice of voluntary vision plans through UnitedHealthcare (UHC). The vision plans offer you the flexibility to see any provider you choose; however, you generally pay less when you use a UHC Vision provider (PDF).

In-network, covered-in-full benefits (after applicable copay) include a comprehensive exam, eye glasses with standard single vision, lined bifocal or lined trifocal lenses, standard scratch-resistant coating and the frame, or contact lenses in lieu of eye glasses.

Determine which coverage is right for you:

Basic Vision Plan

The UHC Basic Vision plan includes a comprehensive eye examination, as well as eyeglasses (lenses and frame), or contact lenses, after applicable copays. The plan gives you benefits for both exam and materials, with the lowest potential out of pocket expense. UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Vision Benefits Summary (PDF) provides a two-page overview of coverage, copays and expected savings.  The UnitedHealthcare Basic Vision Certificate of Coverage booklet provides an in-depth look at what your plan covers and how benefits are paid.  

Enhanced Vision Plan

The UHC Enhanced Vision Plan includes a comprehensive eye examination, as well as eyeglasses (lenses and frame), or contact lenses, after applicable copays. The plan gives you benefits for both exam and materials, with the lowest potential out of pocket expense. In addition to what is offered through the Basic Plan, the Enhanced Vision Plan replaces frames every 12 months (vs 24 months with the Basic plan). It also covers the following additional lens options in full: Standard progressive lenses, standard anti-reflective coating, polycarbonate lenses, ultraviolet coating, glass coating, tints. The copay for Elective Contacts in Lieu of Eye Glasses (out of network) is also slightly lower with the Enhanced Plan. Finally, the Enhanced Plan provides the option of up to six boxes (instead of four) of disposable contacts.  The UnitedHealthcare Enhanced Vision Certificate of Coverage Coverage booklet provides an in-depth look at what your plan covers and how benefits are paid.

Making Appointments

Finding a provider is easy with the UHC online provider locator. UHC also provides a 24-hour, toll-free Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system at 1-800-839-3242 to locate the nearest provider.

When scheduling your appointment, simply let the provider know that you are a UnitedHealthcare Vision member – there are no ID cards to worry about, but you do have the option to print an ID card if you prefer. You will then receive a complete eye examination and if prescription eyewear is necessary, you have a generous materials benefit for either eye-glasses or contacts.

Instructions for locating a UHC In-Network Vision Provider (PDF) can be downloaded for your reference.

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