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My Vision Coverage

Eye exams, frames, and contacts, oh my! Vision care can be expensive. But it’s important to keep your eyes sharp. (You’ll need them for all that studying!) UC SHIP vision coverage, provided through Anthem Blue View Vision Insight, can help you see clearly, and at a price you can afford.

Two steps to getting vision care

  1. When you need vision care, visit the student health center (SHC) Optometry Clinic or find a network Anthem Blue View Vision Insight provider. (Note: Optometry Clinics are available at the Davis, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and San Diego campuses.) It takes just a minute to put more money into your pocket — money you can use for lots of other pressing needs.
  2. Locating providers within Anthem's network
    Anthem contracting providers can be located on Anthem’s website,, by following the navigational steps below:

    • Choose Menu
    • Select Find a Doctor in the center column labelled Care
    • Scroll down to the section labelled Search as Guest, and choose Search by Selecting a Plan or Network
    • Under What type of care are you searching for?, select Vision
    • Under What state do you want to search in, select California
    • Under Select a plan/network, click on the drop down menu, type “UCSHIP,” and click Continue
    • On the following page, please select the details of provider specialty and location for which you would like to search.

Tip! Before you say “yes” to your next purchase, check to see that it’s included in the Vision Benefits table on the Anthem Blue View Vision site, or call Anthem Blue View Vision at (866) 940-8306.

Your UC SHIP Vision Benefits
Be sure to make the most of your coverage. UC SHIP covers a greater portion of your fees when you get exams, glasses or lenses from a provider in the Anthem Blue View Vision Insight network. You will find the details of the plan in the Blue View Vision Plan booklet (English) (Spanish)

Anthem Blue View Vision Insight Network
Routine eye exam (per benefit year)
$10 copay Up to the $49 allowance

Eyeglass frames (per benefit year)

Select an eyeglass frame and receive the following allowance toward the purchase price

Up to $120, then member pays 80% of costs exceeding $120 Up to $50, then member pays 100% of costs exceeding $50
Eyeglass lenses (standard)
Single lenses: $25 copay
Bifocal lenses: $25 copay
Trifocal lenses: $25 copay
Single lenses: Up to $35
Bifocal lenses: Up to $49
Trifocal lenses: Up to $74

Contact lenses (per benefit year)

Select an allowance toward the cost of a supply of contact lenses (instead of eyeglass lenses)

Contact lens fit and follow-up (Anthem Blue View Vision Insight Network only)
Standard contact lens fitting: Up to $55
Premium contact lens fitting: 10% off retail price

A contact lens fitting and up to two follow-up visits are available to you after you've had a comprehensive eye exam.

In addition to the eye exam fee, there is typically a fee for fitting and evaluating the fit of the contact lenses. This will depend on the type of lenses to be fitted (e.g. for astigmatism or no astigmatism, soft disposable or gas permeable, and the level of complexity). The fitting fee can range from $32 to $300.

Standard contact lens fitting: Not Covered
Premium contact lens fitting: Not Covered
Conventional lenses: Up to $120; member pays anything above $120 with a 15% discount
Disposable lenses: Up to $120
Conventional lenses: Up to $92
Disposable lenses: Up to $92

Costs not covered by Anthem Blue View Vision Insight
For a list of Vision plan benefits and further details, check the Vision Plan Booklet on the Plan Docs page.