Vision Services 2015-16

The SHIP Vision Plan, provided by Vision Service Plan (VSP), covers vision screening and correction services. Injury or illness of the eye will continue to be covered by the medical portion of SHIP, administered by Aetna Student Health.

No separate enrollment is necessary, and there is no additional charge for this benefit. If you have SHIP, you have the vision plan! Vision coverage may not be purchased separately from the medical, counseling and dental benefits of SHIP. You do not need a separate member ID card - just bring your Aetna card and your Cal 1 Card.


SHIP Vision Plan Benefits Include:

  • Eye exam for a $10 copay, once every 12 months
  • Frames and lenses for a $25 copay, once every 12 months, up to a $120 value OR contact lenses once every 12 months, up to a $120 value
  • 20% discount on lens options such as Transitions lenses, anti-reflective or anti-scratch coatings, UV protection, and others
  • 15% discount on Lasik or PRK refractive surgeries


For your convenience, vision services are available at the School of Optometry's two clinics on campus - in the Tang Center and in Minor Hall. For your convenience, the Minor Hall clinic is open seven days a week. For urgent needs when the clinic is closed, you may call (510) 642-2020, 24 hours a day.

To make an appointment at the Tang Center clinic, call (510) 643-2020.
To make an appointment at the Minor Hall clinic, call (510) 642-2020.
You may submit an appointment request electronically at the School of Optometry web site

You will be expected to pay the copayment and other fees at the time of service. There are no claims to file for in-network providers.

If you are away from Berkeley and need vision care, you may see a VSP provider.

Please note:

  • If lenses and frames or contact lenses are chosen which exceed the $120 allowance, the cost above $120 is the responsibility of the student. Contact lens wearers may be subject to a contact lens evaluation fee or, for first-time users, a fitting fee.
  • The following services or supplies are not covered by this vision plan: Orthoptics or vision training, non-prescription glasses or contact lenses, medical or surgical treatment of the eyes other than laser vision correction, non-FDA-approved vision services, treatment and materials, and any other service not listed above as a covered benefit.


See the Meredith W. Morgan University Eye Center site for more information on services provided by the School of Optometry clinics.

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