Do you still have money in your flex spending account (FSA)? With the end of the year fast approaching, here are 5 ways you can use your Flex Spending Account money before 2019.
Saving money on health care by using saved FSA money is smart. However, forfeiting your hard-earned FSA money because you forgot to use it by the end of the year is not.
Some employers may or may not offer end of the year FSA options. Make sure to contact your HR department to fully understand the policy of your account.
1. Designer brand sunglasses
Because sunglasses are considered a medically necessary device to protect your eyes from sun damages, sunglasses (including prescription and without prescription) are an eligible FSA expense.
Even designer brand sunglasses. Yup, this includes the Gucci sunglasses, Tom Ford sunglasses or those Tiffany’s sunglasses you’ve been wanting to buy.
Sunglasses are always in style here in sunny California. Why not add a pair of designer sunglasses to protect your eyes and stay current with the latest fashion trends?
LASIK eye surgery is a safe and effective alternative to see without glasses or contact lenses. Technology has vastly improved and visual outcomes from LASIK surgery has never been better.
If you are considering LASIK eye surgery, it’s a smart move by using your FSA dollars towards the surgery. You can also save an addition $1,000 through our LASIK surgery partner, NVISION Eye Center.
Not sure if you qualify for LASIK? Schedule a free consultation with one of our eye doctors today.
3. Prescription eyeglasses
Using your FSA money towards new prescription eyeglasses is a no brainer if you are in the market for new glasses.
Consider using your FSA funds towards new glasses if your current glasses are more than 2 years old. New lenses will provide better and more precise vision overall compared to old, degraded lenses.
If you already have updated glasses, consider a back-up pair of glasses. Remember, you can also use your FSA for prescription computer glasses, reading glasses and even progressive lenses.
4. Contact lenses
Contact lens wearers, you know. Running out of contact lenses is a scary feeling. Stock up on contact lenses before 2019 by using your Flex Spending Account to buy more contact lenses.
Just like sunglasses, contact lenses are considered a medical device and is an eligible FSA expense.
Pro-tip: This is a little known fact but you can also use your FSA money towards buying contact lens cleaning solution. Did you know that?
5. Eye exam services
When was your last eye exam? Hopefully it hasn’t been too long. If your last eye exam was over 2 years ago, it’s time to get checked out.
Having an updated eye exam ensures you are seeing your best. More importantly, can give you a sense of security that your eyes are healthy and eye disease free.
Eye diseases such as glaucoma will have no symptoms and can be left undetected without an eye exam. Stay on top of your health by using your Flex Spending Account money towards an eye exam.
Pro-tip: You can use your FSA towards retinal imaging. Retinal images with Optos provide our eye doctors a clear, full-view of the retina without the hassle of doing an eye dilation.
We as humans are born procrastinators. Don’t wait until the last week of December to use up your hard earned FSA money.
Remember, you use it or lose it.
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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions
Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709