Vision

Vision Discount Card

The Smart Choice card delivers affordable vision care for you and your family with discounts of 20% to 60% at over 12,000 locations nationwide.  Realize true savings on eye exams, glasses, LASIK surgery, and replacement contact lenses through the mail order service.

 

Coast To Coast Vision™

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Your eyes are the windows to your health. Now you and your family can see better savings at over 20,000 vision providers nationwide, including national chains and local retailers. You save 10% to 60% on glasses, contacts, laser surgery, exams and even designer eyewear.

  • 20% to 60% off prescription eyewear including most frames, lenses and specialty items such as tints, coatings and UV protection
  • 10% to 30% off eye exams
  • Participating chains include LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Visionworks, JCPenney, Sears, Target and more
  • Your eye doctor not in our network? The nomination process is a breeze!
  • 10% to 40% off contact lenses through America’s Eyewear mail order service
  • You receive exclusive access to the lowest contact lens prices through America’s Eyewear mail order service
  • 15% to 50% eyeglasses and sunglasses through FramesDirect.com
  • 40% to 50% off the national average cost of LASIK surgery.

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FAQs

Q. What is the vision benefit? Does it include eye exams? Does it include contact lenses?
A. The vision benefit offers 10% to 60% discounts on eyewear and eye care at more than 20,000 vision providers throughout the United States. Providers include national optical chains such as LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Visionworks, JCPenney, and Sears as well as regional chains and thousands of independent practitioners. Often many participating locations offer discounts of 10% on eye exams for both eye glasses and contact lenses. Additionally, the ophthalmology portion of the network offers 10% to 30% discounts on eye exams and surgical procedures, including the popular laser surgeries in select markets.

On average, members receive a 20% discount on replacement contact lenses (excluding disposable lenses) at retail locations. Members may elect to use the mail order service to purchase replacement contact lenses (including disposables) at a 10% to 40% discount.

Q. Is Coast To Coast Vision (CTC) discount insurance?
A. No. While an insured plan is available, CTC is a discount eyewear and eye care program. There is no paperwork. The participating retail optical locations will give the discount at the time of the purchase.

Q. Can members use CTC if they already have vision insurance?
A. Yes. In most cases CTC can be utilized to reduce out of pocket expenses. For example, once the insurance benefit has been exhausted, members may use their discount to buy additional pairs of glasses or contacts.

Q. Is there a limit on the number of times the benefit can be used?
A. There is no limit on the number of times the member or family member can take advantage of the savings provided by CTC.

Q. Does the CTC discount include family members?
A. It includes the member, their spouse and all legal dependents.

Q. What is included with CTC membership?
A. Prescription glasses and contact lenses are discounted 20% to 60% in most cases. Eye exams and surgery are discounted 10% to 30% where available.

Q. Why does the discount vary from 10% to 60%?
A. Many variables go into the calculation of the discount such as market demographics, location, hours of operation, one-hour service capability and level of retail mark-up.
Example - a chain provider in a major metropolitan mall, open seven days a week, 10 hours a day with an on-site lab, will more than likely have a different mark-up than an independent practitioner in a rural community. However, members will pay almost exactly the same price for the exact same materials regardless of where the purchase is made. Only the percentage of discount off retail may vary.

Q. Can members receive the discount at any optical location?
A. No. Members must go to an optical location that is contracted with Coast To Coast Vision to receive a discount. Our providers include national, regional and local chains as well as thousands of independent professionals.

Q. What is a dispensing fee?
A. The dispensing fee is the amount of money that is added to the provider's wholesale acquisition cost of materials. It is generally the only profit made by the provider on your purchase.

Q. Is the eye exam discounted?
A. Yes, at approximately 4,000 of our 20,000 vision providers nationwide. Our member service representatives can tell you which locations discount eye exams in your area.

Q. What do I do when I get to the location to get my discount?
A. All you need to do to receive your discount is show the provider your membership card and tell them you are with Coast To Coast Vision. It is very important that you mention Coast To Coast Vision Network to ensure a discount at the time of purchase.

Q. Do I get the discount if the store is running a sale?
A. The location will not combine our contracted discount with the sale price. However, in most cases, the Coast To Coast price will be better than the sale price.

Q. Do the retail locations mark up the merchandise to give me the discount?
A. No, you receive the discount because CTC brings the buying power of over 10 million members to the optical retailers participating with us.

Q. How do I get my eye doctor or optician on the Coast To Coast Vision network?
A. If you wish to refer your doctor to the CTC network, just give us their name, address and phone number and we will contact them about becoming a provider. If your practitioner does not wish to join the plan, you can still use him/her for your eye exam. Simply take your prescription to one of our participating providers to receive your discount on glasses or contact lenses.

Q. How can I be guaranteed the greatest savings on contact lenses for me and for my husband?
A. Although members receive a 10% to 20% discount when purchasing replacement contact lenses at participating optical centers, the greatest savings and selection for contact lenses is often offered through the mail order program. Replacement contact lenses are discounted at 10% to 40% below retail.

Q. Can I purchase disposable contact lenses at a discount through a participating optical center?
A. No. Disposable lenses are generally priced as "loss leaders" at the retail stores. However, members can use the mail order contact lens program to receive discounts when ordering disposable lenses.

Q. What if my contact lenses are destroyed while I'm on vacation?
A. Simply call the toll-free number on the back of your membership card. The patient registration keeps your prescription on file until it expires and we can send your replacements overnight to you almost anywhere in the world.

Q. What is LASIK?
A. LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) is an outpatient treatment that uses an Excimer Laser (cool beam of light) to gently reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea). Reshaping the cornea redirects the light angle as it enters the eye to refocus correctly on the retina. This allows images to be more sharply focused. Vision recovery is rapid, and there is little or no post-operative pain. With refractive procedures, your dependence upon glasses and contact lenses should diminish significantly.

Q. Can LASIK be done if I have astigmatism?
A. Yes, the LASIK procedure has been approved to effectively treat astigmatism as well as myopia (nearsightedness) and hyperopia (farsightedness).

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STATISTICS

"Among people age 40 and older, more than 3.6 million are visually impaired, defined as 20/40 or worse in the best-seeing eye even when vision is corrected by eyeglasses or contact lenses."
- Vision Problems in the U.S. report, by the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America, 2008

"More than 150 million Americans use corrective eyewear to compensate for their refractive error. Americans spend more than $15 billion each year on eyewear."
- Vision Problems in the U.S. report, by the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America, 2008

"In 2009, AllAboutVision.com commissioned a report from a leading industry analyst who found that wavefront LASIK combined with IntraLase and similar technologies costs an average of $2,314, compared with $1,748 for conventional LASIK."
- AllAboutVision.com 2009

"Most contact lens wearers (84 percent) return to their eye doctor for a comprehensive eye exam every year, whereas most patients who don’t wear contact lenses (61 percent) have complete eye exams every two years."
– Contact Lenses 2009. Contact Lens Spectrum. January 2010

"Among adults with vision problems, 62.3% reported having seen an eye care professional in the previous 12 months."
- Zhang X, Lee PP, Thompson TJ, et al. Health insurance coverage and use of eye care services. Arch Ophthalmol 2008;126(8):1121–1126.

"In 2004-2006, 17 percent of young adults aged 18-29 years reported needing but not receiving one or more of the following services in the past year because they could not afford them: medical care, prescription medicines, mental health care, or eyeglasses."
- CDC/National Center for Health Statistics, June 11, 2009

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PRICE COMPARISON

Example 1 - New York, NY

Regular Exam (Ophthalmologist)

$150.00

CTC Member pays:

$120.00

Savings:

$30.00

Conventional Lasik:

$5,500.00

CTC Member Pays:

$3,600.00

Savings:

$1,900.00

TOTAL SAVINGS=$1,930.00


Example 2 - Dallas, TX

Regular Exam (Ophthalmologist)

$190.00

CTC Member pays:

$133.00

Savings:

$57.00

Frames (Regular)

$89.95

CTC Member Pays:

$54.47

Savings:

$31.48

Progressive / Polycarbonate

$209.00

CTC Member pays:

$156.75

Savings:

$52.25

TOTAL SAVINGS=$140.73


Example 3 - Tampa, FL

Extended Exam (Ophthalmologist)

$225.00

CTC Member pays:

$157.50

Savings:

$67.50

Frames (Designer)

$200.00

CTC Member Pays:

$72.72

Savings:

$127.28

Single Vision Lens (Plastic)

$170.00

CTC Member pays:

$110.50

Savings:

$59.50

TOTAL SAVINGS=$254.28