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Vision Coverage


To meet your vision coverage needs, UVA offers two ways to save on eyecare. The first benefit is insurance through Davis Vision, which offers many benefits and provider options. You may also take advantage of the Aetna Vision Discount Program, which is automatically included for participants in the UVA Health Plan.

Changes to Davis Vision enrollment can be made during the Annual Enrollment period each October, or after a major life change, (e.g. change in marital status, addition to the family, leave of absence).

See more details from Aetna's brochure

Davis Vision Eligibility

Click below for eligibility requirements for employees, spouses, children, and adult children with disabilities. 

  • Employees

    To be eligible for Davis Vision, you must be a full- or part-time UVA employee, regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hour/week. You must be one of the following employee types:

    • Faculty
    • Classified Staff
    • Housestaff
    • Medical Center Team Member
    • Postdoctoral Research Associate
    • Senior Professional Research Staff
    • University Staff
  • Spouses

    To be added to your Davis Vision plan, your spouse must be legally recognized as a spouse in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Children

    To be added to your Davis Vision plan, children must be your biological, step, adopted, or foster child, or any child declared a dependent on your federal tax return for whom you are the legal guardian with permanent custody. Children are eligible through December 31 of the year they turn 26. Starting January 1, 2019, children are eligible to the end of the birth month in which they turn 26 rather than the birth year.

  • Adult Children with Disabilities

    If children are incapable of self-support (due to mental or physical disability), they can remain on your Davis Vision plan beyond age 26 as long as the following requirements are met:

    • Required documentation is approved in advance by the benefits claims administrator before the dependent's 26th birthday.
    • They are unmarried.
    • They live with you 100% of the time.
    • They are declared a dependent on your federal tax return.

What are the costs?

Cost is one factor to consider when choosing vision coverage. Davis Vision allows you to use in-network and out-of-network providers. You receive the greatest value and maximize your benefit dollars if you select in-network providers.

Review the information below to determine the best option for you.

  • Davis Vision Premiums

    Your premiums are the amount you spend on Davis Vision each paycheck. You pay the premiums, regardless of whether you use the benefits.

    The Davis Vision premiums (listed below) are monthly and are the same for eligible full-time and part-time UVA employees. Family coverage includes the employee, spouse, and children.

    Employee

    $8.32

    Employee and Children

    $14.56

    Employee and Spouse

    $14.98

    Family

    $23.30

    Housestaff receive Davis Vision at no cost.

    COBRA premiums for Davis Vision insurance are listed below. (Rate includes 2%)

    Employee

    $8.49

    Employee and Children

    $14.85

    Employee and Spouse

    $15.28

    Family

    $23.77

  • How do I prepare for out-of-pocket expenses?

    To help you get the most out of your money for vision, medical, pharmacy, dental, and dependent-care expenses, the University offers benefits-related savings and spending accounts. These accounts allow you to put aside money for eligible expenses, by payroll deduction, before taxes.

How do I use Davis Vision?

Use the directions below to use the Davis Vision website to find providers and get the eyecare you need.

  • Register at www.DavisVision.com

    The first time you use the Davis Vision website, you will need to register.

    • Go to http://www.davisvision.com/Member.
    • Below the “Sign In” section, click on “Register.”
    • Follow the prompts to register your account. You will need your Davis Vision identification number (found on your Davis Vision card), so have that information handy.
    • Begin using the Davis Vision website.
  • Get a Davis Vision card

    When you first sign up for Davis Vision, you will receive a membership card by mail. Replacement cards can be ordered through your online member account or by calling Davis Vision at 800.804.6115. 

  • Find a provider

    Use Davis Vision tools to find in-network providers.

    For routine eyecare (eye exams, glasses, and contacts), follow these steps:

    • Go to www.davisvision.com/Member.
    • Enter your Username and Password and click “Submit”.
    • Select “Find a Provider.”
    • Enter the requested information to find an in-network vision provider.

    For laser vision correction, follow these steps:

    • Go to www.davisvision.com/Member.
    • Enter your username and password and click “Submit.”
    • Select “Laser Vision Correction.”
    • Follow the steps to learn more or start the process.

Aetna Vision Discount Program

The Aetna Vision Discount Program is included in the benefits provided by the UVA Health Plan. Additional information and resources are available through the Aetna Navigator at www.Aetna.com.

  • Register at www.Aetna.com

    The first time you use Aetna Navigator, you will need to register.

    • Go to www.aetna.com and click “Login.”
    • Click on “Register.”
    • Follow the prompts to register your account. You will need your Member ID (found on your Aetna card) or social security number, so have that information handy.
    • Begin using Aetna Navigator.
  • Find a provider

    Use Aetna tools to find in-network providers.

    For routine eyecare (eye exams, glasses, and contacts), use the following steps to find a provider:

    • Go to the Aetna Vision Provider Directory, click “Login” and enter your username and password.
    • Select “Find Care.”
    • Select “Vision.” For routine care (eye exams, glasses, and contacts), select “Vision Exam & Eyewear Providers.”
    • Select “Routine vision exams and eyewear.” You will be prompted to leave the Aetna website. Click “Continue.”
    • In the top navigation bar, select “Find a Provider.”
    • Enter the requested information to find an in-network provider.

    To find a vision specialist, use the following steps:

    • Go to www.aetna.com, click “Login” and enter your username and password.
    • Select “Find Care.”
    • Select “Vision.” For routine care (eye exams, glasses, and contacts), select “Vision Specialists.”
    • From the list, select the type of vision specialist you need.
  • Eligibility

    Participants in the UVA Health Plan (including retirees) have access to benefits through the Aetna Vision Discount Program. More about the UVA Health Plan eligibility

  • What are the costs?

    Cost is one factor to consider when choosing vision coverage. Vision discounts from Aetna require no additional premiums or co-payments beyond the UVA Health Plan. 

    If you participate in the UVA Health Plan, assess whether the Aetna Vision Discount Program provides adequate discounts for you and your covered dependents.

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