Vision Benefits

A vision program is available to certain University employees and retirees. In addition, we have provided information on separate vision benefit programs that are available through the University of Missouri - St. Louis School of Optometry and University Optical at the University of Missouri-Columbia

UM-St. Louis School of Optometry

The School of Optometry offers the following opportunities to UM faculty, staff and retirees:

  • Annual comprehensive exam for a reduced fee of $25.
  • 50% discount from usual and customary fees for:
    • eye photography
    • visual fields
    • rehabilitative vision services
    • developmental vision evaluation
    • electrodiagnostic testing
    • other office procedures
  • 50% discount from usual and customary fees on eyeglasses with a $15.00 co-payment (limited to one pair within a 12 month period)
  • 20% discount from usual and customary fees on eyeglasses with no additional co-payment
  • 20% discount from usual and customary fees for contact lenses

University Optical

Hospital location:
One Hospital Drive
Columbia, MO 65212
(573) 884-7710
(Located at the Mason Eye Institute in the main lobby of the University Hospital.)

East location:
3215 Wingate Court, Suite 102
Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 884-4568

University Optical discounts apply to University employees, retirees, and their immediate families. The features of the University Optical program include:

  • 25% discount on eyewear (including contact lenses)
  • Over 850 frame styles $49 and up
  • 24-48 hour service on most glasses
  • On-site finishing laboratory
  • Expertise in frame repair

Note: University Optical does not provide eye examinations. Appointments for eye exams can be made by calling Mason Eye Institute at (573) 884-4568.

VSP (Vision Service Plan)

VSP is the administrator of the University of Missouri vision insurance plan. To learn more about their services:

Reviewed 2015-04-17.