Vision Care Plan

As of January 1, 2017 Princeton University's Vision Care Plan is administered by MetLife, and offers a wide array of vision benefits.

MetLife 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

Frequency Coverage from an In-Network Provider
Out of Network Reimbursement
Comprehensive Vision Exam
Once every calendar year $10 Copayment
Reimbursement up to $45
Prescription Lenses1

Single Vision
Lined Bifocal
Lined Trifocal


Once every calendar year

$10 Copayment
Applied to lenses and frames

If purchasing lenses and frames together, one $10 copayment applies.

Reimbursement up to:
$30 for Single Vision
$50 for Lined Bifocals
$65 for lined Trifocals
$100 for Lenticulars
Once every calendar year

Covered up to a $155 after $10 copayment

Covered up to $85 at  Costco/Walmart/Sam's Club after $10 copayment4

Reimbursement up to $70
Prescription Contact Lenses3

Evaluation fees
Fitting costs
Once every calendar year

Copayment not to exceed $60

Not Covered

Prescription Contact Lenses


Once every calendar year

Reimbursement up to $140

Reimbursement up to $140

In any calendar year you can get:
  • Two pairs of prescription eyeglasses; or
  • One pair of prescription eyeglasses and an allowance toward contact lenses; or
  • Double your contact lens allowance

The plan also covers all tints, polycarbonate lenses and scratch coatings and offers savings on laser vision correction surgery.

1Lens options which can enhance the appearance, durability and function of your glasses may be available to you at an average of 20-25% savings at an in-network provider. Ask your in-network provider for details.

2If you choose a frame valued at more than your allowance, you will save 20% on your out-of-pocket costs for frames if you use an in-network provider. This offer is available from all in-network providers, except Costco, Walmart and Sam’s Club.

3You will receive a 15% savings off the cost of your contact lens exam from an in-network provider. 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.

4A Costco membership is required if a member wants to purchase 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. A Sam’s Club membership is not required to purchase eyewear or to receive an eye exam at Sam’s Club. 

There is no benefit for professional services or materials connected with:
  • Orthoptics or vision training and any associated supplemental testing.
  • Plano lenses (non-prescription).
  • 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.
  • Medical or surgical treatment of the eyes.
  • Any eye examination, or any corrective eyewear, required by an employer as a condition of employment.
  • 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!