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Vision by Design

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Companion Life's Vision by Design allows employers to choose the vision benefit that works best for their employees.

Vision by Design — flexible benefit designs range from plans that include an exam only to plans that cover exams and eyewear, including frames, lenses and contact lenses.

Plans that cover only eyewear are also available for groups with a medical plan that covers routine eye exams. You can customize various copayments, eyewear allowances and frequency options to fit almost any budget. it also includes additional savings beyond plan coverage, discounts on laser vision correction and out-of-network benefits. Contribution levels may be employer-paid, voluntary or packaged with a Companion Life Dental plan.

Benefit Plan Designs and Options

Vision by Design includes these standard plan designs and options:

The Vision Essentials Plan (Exam Only):
A comprehensive plan that gives members a paid-in-full exam and substantial point-of-sale discounts for frames, lenses, contact lenses and more. Not available on a stand-alone Voluntary basis.

The Vision Choice Plan (Eyewear Only):
A comprehensive plan providing allowances for eyewear only, such as frames, lenses and contact lenses. Allowance options of $100 frames/$115 contacts or $130 frames/$130 contacts are available, plus substantial discounts for other eyewear options. The Vision Choice Plan is designed for groups that have routine eye exams covered under their existing medical plans.

The Vision Select Plan (Exam and Eyewear):
A comprehensive plan that gives members a paid-in-full exam, contact lens fitting and follow-up, and allowances for eyewear such as frames, lenses and contact lenses. Allowance options of $100 frames/$80 contacts or $130 frames/$120 contacts are available, plus substantial discounts for other eyewear options.
  • Unlimited additional discounts up to 40 percent off after the funded eyewear benefit has been used
  • 20 percent discount on all items not fully covered (subject to limitations and exclusions)
  • Laser vision correction savings of 15 percent off retail or 5 percent off promotional price nationwide
  • Replacement contact lenses by mail program gives members great prices on contacts and home delivery

Eligibility and Participation Requirements

For Stand-alone Vision by Design plans:
Available to groups of 10 or more participating employees. If the employer pays all the premium, 100 percent of all eligible employees must participate. If employees contribute to the cost of the vision plan, 75 percent of the eligible employees must participate. If the employees pay all the premium, a minimum of 10 employees must participate and voluntary rates apply.

For Vision by Design Plans Packaged with a Companion Life Dental Plan:
Available to groups of two or more when sold as a package with a Companion Life Dental plan. When sold as a package, the Companion Life Dental participation requirements apply to the Vision by Design plan.


Special Vision Product Pricing

If employee contributions are involved, Companion Life offers special Vision Plan premium rates for employer groups offering a Companion Life Vision plan along with a Companion Life Group Dental plan. To qualify for these special Vision Plan rates, 100 percent of employees enrolled in the Group Dental plan must also participate in the Vision plan.


Extensive Provider Network

Unlike other programs that may restrict provider options, Vision by Design offers a nationwide network of convenient, accessible options for eye care offered through EyeMed Vision Care. The Companion Life program offers unlimited choice with quality and value. Members enjoy easy access to thousands of conveniently located vision care providers, including optometrists, ophthalmologists, opticians and many leading optical retailers, such as LensCrafters®, Target Optical®, and most Sears Optica and Pearle Vision® locations.

  • Access to more than 35,000 vision care providers at 18,000 locations nationwide
  • Evening and weekend hours at many locations
  • Choice of thousands of fashionable, designer frames
  • No appointment necessary
  • Convenient mall or nearby mall location
  • Service in "about an hour" at most locations

Choice of Quality Lenses and Frames

Lenses:Providers are given the freedom to recommend whichever lens brands or options they believe offer the best ocular clarity. They are also free to choose any fabrication laboratory, assuring quality, service and convenience. Vision by Design provides total flexibility to choose eyeglass frames that meet any taste, need or lifestyle. You can choose from any available frame at your provider location. Most providers carry frames by Luxottica, the world leader in eyeglass design and manufacturing. The Luxottica collection of eyewear includes the most reputable and prestigious names in the optical fashion world.

For more information about Vision by Design, view our frequently asked questions or contact us.