Vision Care Plan

Princeton University's Vision Care Plan is administered by Vision Service Plan (VSP). 

VSP offers a large network of qualified optometrists and ophthalmologists. 
You and your eligible family members may enroll in the plan, designed to encourage you to maintain your vision through regular eye examinations and to help with vision care expenses for required glasses or contact lenses. The full cost of the plan is paid by you on a pretax basis. 


You are eligible on the first of the month coincident with or next following your date of hire. 

Overview of Plan Benefits

Coverage from a VSP Preferred Provider
Coverage from a VSP Affiliate Provider (Costco4 or Eye Care Centers of America)
Out of Network Reimbursement
Comprehensive Vision Exam
Once every calendar year
Covered in full
Covered in full
Up to $50 allowance
Once every calendar year
$20 (applied to lenses and frames)
Single vision, lined bifocal, lined trifocal, or lenticular prescription lenses are covered in full.
Single vision, lined bifocal, line trifocal, or lenticular prescription lenses are covered in full
Single vision up to $50 allowance
Lined bifocal up to $75 allowance
Lined trifocal up to $100 allowance
Once every calendar year  
Covered up to $155 retail allowance
Covered up to a $85 retail allowance at Costco
Covered up to $70 allowance
Contact Lenses3(materials, evaluation fee, and fitting costs)
Within 12 months of your last eye exam Not to exceed $60
Covered up to $140 allowance
Covered up to $140 allowance
Covered up to $140 allowance
You cannot be reimbursed for glasses and contacts in the same calendar year.
1Lens options, which can enhance the appearance, durability and function of your glasses, are available to you at VSP's member preferred pricing. Ask your doctor for details.
2If you choose a frame valued at more than your allowance, you will save 20 percent on your out-of-pocket costs for frames.
3Your allowance applies to the cost of your contact lens exam and your contact lenses. You will receive a 15 percent savings off the cost of your contact lens exam from a VSP doctor. Your contact lens exam is performed in addition to your routine eye exam to check for eye health risks associated with improper wearing or fitting of contacts. You may receive a 20 percent savings when you purchase non-covered pairs of prescription glasses, including prescription sunglasses from the same VSP doctor within 12 months of your last eye exam. 
3 A Costco membership is required if the member purchased eyewear (glasses and/or contacts) from Costco Optical.  A Costco membership is not required if the member only receives an eye exam from a Costco provider.
The plan covers all tints, polycarbonate lenses and scratch coatings and offers savings on laser vision correction surgery.
There is no benefit for professional services or materials connected with:
  1. Orthoptics or vision training and any associated supplemental testing
  2. Plano lenses (non-prescription)
  3. Two pairs of glasses in lieu of bifocals
  4. Lenses and frames furnished under this program which are lost or broken will not be replaced except at the normal intervals when services are otherwise available.
  5. Medical or surgical treatment of the eyes
  6. Any eye examination, or any corrective eye wear, required by an employer as a condition of employment
  7. Protective eyewear
Read more about how the plan works.
If you have any questions, call the Benefits Team at 258-3302 or send us an e-mail. We’re here to help!