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Vision care

Good vision is crucial for work and play. It is also a significant part of your overall health. A yearly eye exam can help detect serious illnesses, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. That is why PEBA offers vision care benefits through the State Vision Plan, which is administered by EyeMed Vision Care®.


State Vision Plan

The State Vision Plan is available to eligible active employees, retirees, survivors, permanent, part-time teachers and COBRA subscribers and their covered family members. Subscribers pay the premium without an employer contribution. Premiums are listed in the Premiums chapter of the Insurance Benefits Guide.


The program covers comprehensive eye examinations, frames, lenses and lens options, and contact lens services and materials. It also offers discounts on additional pairs of eyeglasses and contact lenses. A discount of 15 percent on the retail price and 5 percent on a promotional price is offered on LASIK and PRK vision correction through the U.S. Laser Network. Medical treatment of your eyes, such as eye diseases or surgery, is covered by your health plan. Details about the State Vision Plan are in the Vision Care chapter of the Insurance Benefits Guide.


Vision Care Discount Program

This program offers discounted vision care services. Providers throughout the state have agreed to charge no more than $60* for a routine, comprehensive eye exam. If you are fitted for contact lenses, you may pay more because that can require additional services. Providers, including opticians, also have agreed to give a 20-percent* discount on all eyewear except disposable contact lenses.


Full-time and part-time employees, retirees, survivors and COBRA subscribers, as well as their family members, are eligible. You do not have to be enrolled in a health plan. You may need to show employment-related identification to prove you are eligible for the program.


Providers are available statewide

Participating providers are located in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. We encourage you to contact your provider’s office and ask if your provider participates in the Vision Care Discount Program. Neither PEBA nor the state recommend any specific provider.


No claims to file

With the Vision Care Discount Program, you do not file claims and will not receive reimbursement for vision examinations or eyewear, including contacts. Active employees who have a MoneyPlus Medical Spending Account or a Limited-use Medical Spending Account can file for reimbursement for vision care expenses. If you have questions about this program, please contact your benefits office or reach out to our Customer Contact Center.


*These amounts can change yearly. Contact your benefits office, vision care provider or PEBA for the current amounts.


Order a replacement ID card

You may order replacement vision card ID cards by calling EyeMed at 877.735.9314 or by visiting the EyeMed website at You will need your Benefits Identification Number (BIN). If you don’t know your BIN, login to MyBenefits and select “Get My BIN.”



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