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Vision Insurance

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The state offers voluntary vision benefits through Davis Vision. Members pay the full monthly premium.

Davis Vision
Monday - Friday, 7-10; Saturday, 8-3; Sunday, 11-3 CT
Basic Client Code: 8155
Expanded Client Code: 8156

You can choose from two vision options

Basic Plan

Pays for your eye exam and various “allowances” (dollar amounts) for materials.

Expanded Plan

Includes greater “allowances” (dollar amounts) and additional materials versus the Basic Plan.

In both plans you pay copays and coinsurance on materials or other services when the cost exceeds the allowance.

The Basic and Expanded plans are both managed by Davis Vision. In-network and out-of-network benefits are available. You will receive the maximum benefit when visiting a provider in Davis Vision’s network.

Note: Local education and local government employees should check with your agency benefits coordinator to see if vision insurance is available. Retirees are eligible if enrolled in the state’s retiree group health plan and receiving a monthly pension from TCRS based on own service or participating in a higher education optional retirement plan.

Both plans offer the same services, including:

  • Routine eye exam once every calendar year
  • Frames once every two calendar years
  • Choice of eyeglass lenses or contact lenses once every calendar year
  • Discount on LASIK/refractive surgery
  • Discount on Hearing Aids (includes Free Hearing Exam) through Your Hearing Network (YHN) – (Effective 7.1.2019)

Additional benefits, based on the plan you choose, include:

  • Zero ($0.00) copay for single vision, bifocal, trifocal or lenticular lenses purchased at an in-network location.
  • Free pair of eyeglass frames from any Davis Vision’s “The Exclusive Collection”, which includes “Fashion, Designer and Premier” Selections under the in-network Expanded Plan.
  • Free pair of “Fashion Selection” eyeglass frames from Davis Vision’s “The Exclusive Collection” under the in-network Basic Plan. “Designer” and “Premier” Selections have $15 and $40 copays respectively.
  • Free pair of frames at Visionworks retail locations.
  • 40% discount off retail under the in-network Expanded Plan and 30% discount off retail under the in-network Basic Plan for an additional pair of eyeglasses, except at Walmart, Sam’s Club or Costco locations.
  • 20% discount off retail cost of an additional pair of conventional or disposable contact lenses under the in-network Expanded Plan.
  • One year warranty for breakage of most eyeglasses.

New Benefits Effective 1/1/2020

  • High Index Lenses -- 1.74
  • Progressive Lenses -- Ultimate Tier
  • Anti-reflective Coating -- Ultimate Tier
  • Premium Scratch-resistant Coating
  • Digital Single Vision Lenses
  • Trivex Lenses
  • Blue Light Filtering (Coatings & Lens Options)
  • Scratch Protection Plan

Click here for a comparison of the plans' benefits. 

For questions about Vision Insurance you can go to To review benefits for the plans, use these plan codes.

You can also call Davis Vision at 800.208.6404, Mon – Fri, 7 a.m. -10 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Central time.

General limitations and exclusions that are not covered under the vision plan:

  • Treatment of injury or illness covered by workers' compensation or employer's liability laws
  • Cosmetic surgery and procedures
  • Services received without cost from any federal, state or local agency
  • Charges by any hospital or other surgical or treatment facility and any additional fees charged for treatment in any such facility
  • Services by a vision provider beyond the scope of his or her license
  • Vision services for which the patient incurs no charge
  • Vision services where charges exceed the amount that would be collected if no vision coverage existed

Note: If you receive vision services and materials that exceed the covered benefit, you will be responsible for paying the difference for the actual services and materials you receive.

NOTE:  A complete description of the benefits, provisions, conditions, limitations, and exclusions for the Davis Vision Basic and Expanded plans will be included in their respective Certificate of Insurance. If any discrepancies exist between the information listed above and the legal plan documents, the legal plan documents will govern. We recommend you review these documents. The documents are available at