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Vision Glossary

Direct Vision Benefits Glossary

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Allowance - The amount VSP provides toward the cost of your eyewear.

- B -

Benefits with other providers - You can choose to see the eye care provider who's right for you—a VSP doctor or any other provider. If you choose to see a provider other than a VSP doctor, your benefit may differ from the coverage you receive with a VSP doctor. You will also not receive the eye health benefits you plan offers. VSP doctors can detect signs of health conditions and may assist you in coordinating care with your primary care physician, if necessary, to help keep you and your eyes healthy.

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Calendar year eligibility - You are eligible for new services in January.

Computer vision exam - Your computer vision exam determines your unique needs related to computer use.

Contact lens exam - If you wear contacts, you need a special contact lens exam to fit them and test your vision.

Copay - A specific amount you pay your VSP doctor for an exam and/or eyewear at your appointment.

Custom LASIK - This process uses FDA-approved, wavefront-guided technology to measure the eye from front to back to create a three-dimensional map. This measurement then guides the laser to reshape the cornea, enabling the surgeon to customize the LASIK procedure to the patient's unique needs.

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Date of service - The date of your exam and/or eyewear purchase.

Dependent - A person other than the member who is eligible to receive care; usually the spouse or child of the member.

Doctor, VSP doctor - An optometrist or ophthalmologist who provides eye care services. We choose our doctors carefully based on their professional licensing, work history, education, malpractice history, professional liability and ethics.

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Eligibility - When you can get an exam or eyewear.

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Frequency - How often you can get an exam or eyewear.

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Grievance - A formal request for reconsideration of a decision.

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LASIK - After a flap of cornea is cut with a surgical device called a microkeratome and folded back, a computer-programmed excimer laser reshapes the cornea and the flap is replaced.

Lens options - Lens options improve the appearance, durability and/or function of your glasses.

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Member - The person who has VSP coverage. Also known as the primary subscriber or insured employee.

- O -

Other Providers - A provider of eye care services that is not a VSP doctor. 

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PRK (photorefractive keratectomy) - A laser is used to reshape the corneal curvature after the surface layer of the cornea is removed by gentle scraping.

Prescription lenses - Prescription lenses provide vision correction for your unique needs.

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Safety exam - Your safety exam determines your needs for eye protection at work.

Safety glasses - Prescription glasses that are certified according to ANSI and OSHA requirements.

Service year eligibility - You are eligible for new services based on the last time you received an exam or eyewear. For example, if you had an eye exam this February, you could have an exam next February.

Specialty eyecare services - Examples of specialty eyecare include exams to diagnose eye pain; monitoring the progress of pre-surgical cataracts; diagnosis and tests for loss of vision; treatment and management of glaucoma.

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VSP doctor - An optometrist or ophthalmologist who provides eye care services. We choose our doctors carefully based on their professional licensing, work history, education, malpractice history, professional liability and ethics.

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WellVision Plan® - VSP's eye care plans that protect and enhance your eye health.

WellVision Exam® - A WellVision Exam is something only VSP can offer. Our doctors do much more than a quick check of your eyes. They'll carefully look for eye problems and other health conditions.

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