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4 things to consider when choosing the right vision insurance for you

Get the four things you need to know when finding the right vision insurance plan for you and your family.

Choosing the right vision insurance plan for you and your family depends on your needs and budget. You may want a plan that covers annual vision exams, glasses, frames, lenses, and contact lenses, as well as laser vision correction with low out-of-pocket costs. A plan with a large network of providers and locations can help you find one convenient to your work or home. A wide selection of frames and lenses may also be important so you can find the style that looks best on you. You’ll also want a plan that’s easy to use, quick to enroll in and secure.

Here are 4 things to consider when choosing the right vision insurance for you:

1. What vision insurance plan will be easy for me to use?

With Guardian Direct Focused Vision plans, powered by VSP, you’ll see savings on frames, lenses, contacts, eye exams and more. Typical annual savings are over $200.1 You’ll find convenient locations with the largest network of independent doctors in the country. Whether you’re looking for classic styles or trendy frames, you can choose from hundreds of options for your style and budget. Getting started is easy, fast, and secure. You can enroll in minutes and start using your benefits the next business day. 

2. What’s included in my vision insurance coverage?

Vision insurance typically covers annual vision exams, glasses, frames, lenses and contact lenses, as well as laser vision correction. Most plans don’t have deductibles or require waiting periods. Vision plans typically offer an allowance on eyeglasses or contacts. If you choose to see an out-of-network doctor, you may receive less coverage. 

Does vision insurance cover contacts?

Yes, in most cases.

Does vision insurance cover Lasik surgery?

Yes, in most cases, there may be savings on laser vision correction.

Does vision insurance cover sunglasses?

Some plans help cover the cost of prescription sunglasses. Consult your insurance provider to fully understand your plan’s benefits.

Does vision insurance cover cataract surgery?

In most cases, cataract surgery is not covered by vision insurance but it’s likely covered by your medical insurance plan.

Does vision insurance cover glaucoma?

In most cases, glaucoma is not covered by vision insurance, but it’s likely covered by your medical insurance plan.

3. Is vision insurance worth it for me?

Clear vision is needed for many everyday activities and vision insurance can help you cover the costs associated with maintaining your vision. Regular eye exams can help detect conditions such as diabetes2 and high blood pressure3 before they become more serious. Caring for your vision can lead to a better quality of life, including fewer headaches, better performance at school, less computer eye strain, more effectiveness at work, and better performance in sports.

As many as 16 million people in the United States have undiagnosed or uncorrected refractive errors in their vision that could be fixed with eyeglasses, contact lenses or surgery.4 In many cases, vision insurance can help cover the costs associated with those issues.

4. What kind of vision insurance will align with my current life stage?

Vision insurance can help you avoid using savings to pay for vision expenses. For what is usually a few dollars a week, you can get your eye exams covered and pay less for your eyeglasses and contact lenses. 

Vision insurance for seniors

Medicare vision benefits vary depending on the type of plan you have. In many cases, vision and dental care is not covered.5 Individual vision insurance plans from insurance providers, such as Guardian Direct, supplement Medicare and can provide vision benefits for as low as $14 per month.

Vision insurance for veterans

It’s important for everyone to see an eye doctor annually but especially for veterans who are more likely to have heart disease and diabetes —two conditions eye doctors often detect first. Guardian Direct Focused Vision plans can help you pay for preventive eye care, such as annual exams.

Vision insurance for the self-employed or entrepreneurs

With individual and family vision plan offerings, such as Guardian Direct Focused Vision plans, people who work for themselves can have similar benefits and savings as they would if they were covered under an employer’s plan. 

Vision insurance for college students

In certain cases, students under the age of 26 can remain on their parents’ health insurance. If that’s not an option, many colleges offer their own health plans to students.

Vision insurance for newborns and children

Vision problems can start at any age. Since 80% of what children learn is visual6, poor vision can affect your child’s schoolwork, sports performance and more. Getting an early exam for your child can play an important role in their healthy growth and development, as well as supporting their academic advancement. Eyeglasses or contact lenses can help children better see the board in the front of the classroom and the books on their desks. Guardian Direct Focused Vision plans can help you cover the costs of glasses and contacts.

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1. Savings are based on national averages on comprehensive eye exams and most commonly purchased frame brand and may vary by VSP plan and purchase selection, average savings determined after benefits are applied. Brands and promotions are subject to change, (Last accessed December 2019)
2. (Last accessed December 2019)
3. (Last accessed December 2019)
4., 2018
5. Check your Medicare Plan to see if your vision care needs are covered and/or if Guardian Direct Focused Vision plan, powered by VSP is right for you. VSP Vision Care does not coordinate benefits with Medicare.
6. (Last accessed December 2019)


Guardian, its subsidiaries, agents, and employees do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional regarding your individual situation. Vision Insurance is provided by VSP and billing and premium collection services for such vision insurance are conducted by DTC GLIC, LLC (d/b/a DTC GLIC Insurance Sales, LLC in California).  DTC GLIC, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America ("Guardian"). Guardian and DTC GLIC, LLC are not affiliated with VSP and Guardian and DTC GLIC, LLC do not assume any responsibility or liability for non-Guardian products or services, including those offered by VSP. Guardian Direct plans are underwritten and issued by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America or its subsidiaries, New York, NY. Products are not available in all states. Policy limitations and exclusions apply. In the event of a conflict between this document and the language stated in your Guardian insurance policy, the language of the policy shall control. GUARDIAN® is a registered service mark of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America® ©Copyright 2019 The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, New York, N.Y.


Brought to you by The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), New York, NY. Material discussed is meant for general illustration and/or informational purposes only and it is not to be construed as tax, legal, investment or medical advice.

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