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Treat Yourself! Use FSA Funds Now

Dec 06, 2016

Most December shopping lists are filled with holiday gift ideas. Today’s Vision wants to remind you that if you have a flexible medical spending account (FSA), you should make another list that includes eye exams, eyewear, contact lenses, and other items you can buy with the workplace benefit funds.

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The reason for the second list? If you don't use your FSA money by Dec. 31, you'll likely lose any cash left in the account (some employers will allow you to “roll over” some funds until March 15, 2017 – check with your employer).

Flexible spending accounts, commonly referred to as FSAs, are popular employer-provided benefits, allowing workers to set aside money to pay for items such as health insurance co-pays, uninsured treatments (such as vision care) or even over-the-counter drug purchases. The money is put into the employee account through regular, equal payroll deductions. Even better, the deductions are made on a pretax basis, meaning you don't have to pay federal, Social Security -- and in some cases -- state taxes on that amount of income.

If your employer doesn't provide you the extra time, then you must spend your account by the end of the benefit year, which in most cases is Dec. 31. But don't panic. There's still time to make sure your 2016 medical FSA money isn't wasted.

Vision care is a great way to spend your funds, especially when the employer health care plan offers little or no coverage. FSA money can be used to pay for you, your spouse and dependents, including:

  • Eye exams
  • New eyeglasses
  • Task-specific eyeglasses, such as computer glasses or sports safety glasses
  • Prescription sunglasses
  • Contact lenses prescribed by your eye doctor
  • LASIK eye surgery


If you have FSA money available, please call a Today's Vision office today to ensure you spend the money that’s been set aside for you before the Dec. 31 deadline.

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Since 1984, Today’s Vision eye doctors have delivered eye exams, eye glass prescriptions and contact lens fittings to countless persons of all ages. As licensed optometrists, they can diagnose and/or treat eye conditions such as dry eye, eye allergies, eye infections, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy to name a few. They also co-manage LASIK and intraocular lens replacement surgical procedures. And each Today’s Vision office offers sophisticated diagnostic testing.

Today’s Vision offices stock a wide selection of designer frames, computer glasses and sunglasses that fit most every budget. Our top 10 frame sellers are: Rayban, Coach, Prada, Tom Ford, Versace, Nike, Guess, Tory Burch, Tiffany and Michael Kors. Our offices utilize leading lens manufacturing labs like Zeiss for the creation of digital single-vision, bi-focal and progressive glasses. Many offices can also make single vision kid’s glasses onsite.

Today’s Vision also offer all the major contact lenses from Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, Coopervision and Vistakon.