Vision discounts for all employees

Discounts on vision products and services are offered by VSP (the university’s plan administrator) to all university employees, even those who are not enrolled in the UM System Vision Insurance Plan. In addition, separate vision benefit programs are available through University Optical at the University of Missouri-Columbia and through the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry.

VSP Vision Savings Pass

VSP is the administrator of the University of Missouri Vision Insurance Plan. Even if you aren’t enrolled in the insurance plan, you can take advantage of the VSP Vision Savings Pass (PDF, 42KB). This discount option is only available to employees and their family if no one in the family is enrolled in the full service vision plan. See pages 6-7 of the Vision Summary Plan Description (SPD) (PDF, 154KB) for additional information about the discount; although the majority of this SPD covers the insurance plan, these pages provide information about the discounts available to you even if you haven’t purchased insurance. Opportunities for eligible employees include:

  • Access to discounts through a trusted, private-practice VSP doctor
  • One rate of $50 for an eye exam (available with purchase of a complete pair of prescription glasses; otherwise, you’ll receive 20% off an eye exam only)
  • Special pricing on complete pairs of glasses and sunglasses
  • 15% savings on a contact lens exam (discount applies only to exam)
MU University Optical and University Optical East

University Optical and University Optical East—both at the University of Missouri-Columbia—offer discounts to university employees, retirees, and their immediate families. Features include:

  • 20% 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) 882-1506 or University Eye Institute East at (573) 882-8920.

UMSL College of Optometry

The College of Optometry at UMSL 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

Reviewed September 16, 2015.