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Vision Insurance Plans

Vision care

EyeMed vision care

All benefits-eligible employees may elect vision insurance through EyeMed in addition to what is already available in their health plans; however, the two programs cannot be used simultaneously. The coverage through EyeMed is comprehensive vision insurance whereas the coverage through BCBS is a discount plan only.

Other vision options

Employees enrolled in one of Northwestern's health care plans have built-in vision coverage or a discount program available at no additional cost. These plans provide financial savings by offering discounts on corrective eyewear such as glasses and contacts, and laser eye surgery. Learn about the vision care programs offered by BlueCross BlueShield & HMO Illinois and Cigna International.

If you have a problem with your eyes, such as an injury or disease of the eye, this would fall under your health care plan.  Read the Summary Plan Description  for Northwestern’s health and welfare insurance coverage.

Laser vision correction discount

Northwestern employees and their immediate family members have access to a laser vision correction discount. This discount is up to $1,100 off ($550 per eye) for laser vision correction services (LASIK or PRK) done at Northwestern Medicine’s downtown campus by Northwestern Medicine LASIK Physicians. This discount is separate from benefit coverage through EyeMed and vision discounts through BCBS. Call Northwestern Medicine LASIK physicians at 312-695-2549 for further information.