Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses in Chicago, Illinois
As 2020 comes to a close, many people are left with unused eye-care benefits in their Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). FSAs are non-taxed savings accounts that allow you to pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses. What you may not know is that many of these benefits will expire at the end of December.
When it comes to FSA benefits, there isn’t a “roll-over” option, so it’s wise to take advantage of your hard-earned dollars before they expire and you can no longer use them.
What Can You Get With Your Vision Benefits?
Because coverage plans can vary, speak to your plan provider and ascertain the specifics of what’s included in your plan.
Many, if not all, plans entitle you to a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Your plan also may include 1 or more pairs of glasses, contact lenses, and eye care accessories. Specific optical options on your eyeglasses can include specialized lens coatings, upgraded lens designs, and lens tints that may or may not be included in your policy. If you don’t already have a quality pair of UV-blocking sunglasses, this is a great time to make the purchase.
Check with your plan provider about using your benefits for a family member. The end of the year is a great time for children to have their eyes examined since they rely heavily on their eyesight for schoolwork and learning.
Why Have an Annual Eye Exam?
Using your eye care benefits is not just a matter of saving money, but also a way to preserve your gift of sight. Visiting your eye doctor annually boosts the chance that any changes in your eye health and vision can be detected and addressed early on.
A comprehensive eye exam checks for any deterioration in your vision, as well as for eye conditions and diseases like dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. It also gives you the opportunity to ask any eye-health and vision related questions you may have.
Moreover, eye exams may help discover and diagnose other health issues, such as allergies, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and even brain tumors. Eye exams are an essential part of maintaining your overall health.
Act Now Before Time Runs Out
Not using your benefits is comparable to leaving money on the table and walking away. We can help you take advantage of your FSA funds by providing eye exams and offering a wide array of eyeglass frames and contact lenses to choose from.
For more information or to schedule your eye exam, call Dougal, McClellan, Sullivan, & Ethington Eye Associates in Chicago.