Benefits Plans - Vision Plan

Each enrolled person may receive an eye exam, lenses, and frames once each calendar year. Vision plan premiums are automatically deducted from your pay on a pretax basis.

Davis Vision

Davis Vision, a national administrator of routine vision care programs, provides benefits under the Vision Plan. You can receive benefits in-network or out-of-network. In-network means you use a provider who is in the Davis Vision provider directory.

If you choose this benefit, you should plan to use in-network services to receive the most from this plan. You may “split” your benefit by receiving your eye examination, frame and spectacle lenses or contact lenses at different time periods or provider locations, if desired. To maintain continuity of care, it is recommend that all available services be obtained at one time from either a network or an out-of-network provider.

Participating Providers

To use Davis Vision, make an appointment with a participating doctor when you need vision care services. You will pay a co-pay (if it applies) when you receive services, and the balance will be paid through the plan. You will not have to file any claim forms.

To access plan information exclusively for U-M participants and to find a Davis Vision provider in your area:

  1. Go to the Davis Vision website at
  2. Enter 2032 in the Client Code field, and then click Submit to open the University of Michigan Welcome page.

Davis Vision Website

U-M's Kellogg Eye Center and the University Health Service Eye Care Clinic and Optical Shop are Davis Vision in-network providers.

Non-Participating Providers

If you receive services from a non-Davis Vision provider, you will be required to pay for the services at that time and then file a claim with Davis for partial reimbursement. Before your appointment with a non-participating provider, obtain a Davis Vision Direct Reimbursement Claim Form from the Benefits Office website, or request to have one sent to you by calling the SSC Contact Center. Present the claim form to the non-participating doctor or laboratory at the time services are provided so they can complete applicable sections of the claim form.

Keep a copy of the claim form and your receipt for your records. Mail the completed and signed claim form with your itemized receipt to:

Vision Care Processing Unit
P.O. Box 1525
Latham, NY 12110

A check will be sent to your home address to reimburse you up to the allowable expenses listed under Vision Plan Highlights.

Eye Exam

Davis Vision provides a comprehensive eye examination, including a review or your case history, health status of the visual system, refractive status evaluation, binocular function, diagnosis, and treatment. Additional fees attributed to measurements for contact lens fittings are not covered.

Getting Your Glasses

Davis Vision has developed its own state-of-the-art laboratories from which all plan lenses are made. Your participating provider will automatically send your prescription to the Davis laboratory where your lenses will be made.


In addition, Davis Vision has contracted with several eyewear manufacturers to purchase the most up-to-date eyeglass frames. Included are designer, plastic, metal and “rimless” eyewear.

You can choose from Davis Vision’s Fashion, Designer and Premier Collections. There are approximately 300 frames to select from, and these collections can be seen in any participating provider office. There will be an additional cost for some frames.

There is a one-year warranty against breakage on all in-network plan-provided eyeglasses.

Contact Lenses

Some contact lenses in lieu of eyeglasses are also covered. Contact Davis Vision to verify that your brand of contacts is covered before you enroll. See Vision Plan Highlights for details and associated costs.

ID Card

No ID Card is issued or needed for the Vision Plan. Davis Vision will automatically send you a welcome kit and plan brochure when you enroll.


If you have questions about the Vision Plan or need a provider directory, call Davis Vision at 1-800-999-5431. You will hear a prompt to "Enter the member's ID number." Your Davis Vision member ID number is your UMID or your Social Security Number. If you don't know your member ID number, or wish to bypass the menu options, simply do nothing. The prompt will repeat two more times, and when you don't enter a member ID number after the third prompt your call will be automatically transferred to a Davis Vision representative.

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The University of Michigan in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.