USC provides vision care through Vision Service Plan (VSP), which is an optional benefit coverage you can purchase to help you cover the cost of routine eye exams, lenses, and frames/contacts. See charts below for cost of coverage (note that biweekly premiums are deducted from the first two paychecks each month), and copay costs. (Verdugo Hills employees, as well as union-represented employees, should view plan options on their own pages.)

Employee $9.30 $4.65
Employee + adult $12.90 $6.45
Employee + child(ren) $13.14 $6.57
Employee + adult + child(ren) $21.18 $10.59

The vision plan has three coverage tiers. You enjoy lower copays and higher allowances for frames and contact lenses when you choose Tier 1 – USC Roski Eye Institute providers (Roski providers are part of the VSP network as well). Tier 2 is comprised of all other VSP network providers. You can also use non-VSP providers (Tier 3) at a significantly-reduced benefit.

 YOUR COPAY COSTS Tier 1 – USC Roski Eye Institute Tier 2 – VSP network Tier 3 – out of network
Annual eye exam 0 $15 $15 (value up to $45)
Eyeglass frames (every two years) $25 (value up to $200) $25 (value up to $170) $25 (value up to $55)
Eyeglass lenses (every year) $25 $25 $25 (value up to $125)
Progressive lenses (every year) $55-$175 $55-$175 $25 (value up to $85)
Contact lenses (in lieu of glasses, every year; only one copay applies when lenses and frames are purchased together) Value up to $175 Value up to $150 Value up to $150

Eye care and eyewear at USC Roski Institute

Get comprehensive annual eye exams and contact lens evaluations at USC Roski Eye Institute’s HSC and UPC locations. You can also get a wide variety of designer eyewear at the HSC, UPC and USC Village optical shops. An onsite lab at the USC Village location can make your prescription glasses in 24 hours or less. See the Roski website for more locations throughout L.A.

Other providers

Visit the VSP website to find a provider (you can also check your eligibility or view your personal benefits). Then call the provider directly to make an appointment.

Helpful information

No matter what optometrist you visit, you do not need an ID card – the doctor will verify your eligibility using your Social Security number. However, you may print a card at the VSP site if you wish.

Questions? Call VSP at (800) 877-7195.

VSP Benefit Summary
Notice of Privacy Practices

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