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Glasses Often Ready Same Day

Save your time by seeing an eye doctor near you who takes Eyemed AND makes glasses in the same office. Most single vision prescriptions are ready in about 15 minutes. Even if you have a prescription that needs to be custom ordered, our onsite lab cuts down on the time it takes to get your glasses.

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The following information is what you can typically expect when you see an eye doctor using your EyeMed benefits, but some plans may vary.

EyeMed Benefits at our Eye Doctors Office

Usually your EyeMed plan will cover mostly what you would expect. A routine eye exam with just a small co-pay (we see $10-$20 for most plans around Amarillo), a dollar amount you can spend towards a frame, and lenses at EyeMed’s reduced co-pays. Or instead of glasses you can get contact lenses with your benefits. 


 You can usually get an eye exam every year with your EyeMed benefits. Your eye exam benefit with your optometrist may reset 1 year to the date of your last eye exam, or it may reset at a specific time of year, like Jan 1. Although EyeMed doesn’t typically cover yearly contact lens evaluations, it does often pre-negotiate the price of your contact lens services for you in the form of a co-pay. 


Keep in mind these benefits can change plan to plan, but here’s what we most commonly see for EyeMed in Amarillo.  Most of the time you’ll be allowed to choose between using your benefits for glasses or contacts. If you choose glasses, you’re entitled to a certain dollar amount off of your frame ($150 is pretty common for an Amarillo plan). The lenses are usually set to have co-pays for each unique quality that makes up a lens. These co-pays are your price that’s been pre-negotiated for you by Eyemed. This is a unique feature of vision plans. You will pretty much get the same price for the same quality lens no matter what eye doctor you go to. Since these prices are set up by EyeMed, you can shop for an eye doctor in Amarillo with a little more focus on the service they provide over the cost. 

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Outstanding Eye Exams for EyeMed Members

Getting your eyes checked by an eye doctor regularly is one of the best things you can do for yourself. And if you have kids, it’s a great way to help your children  stay healthy for a long long time. Your EyeMed plan knows this as well. That’s why they usually cover one eye exam every year from an eye doctor near you who takes EyeMed. Of course, I’m going to encourage you too see our optometrists, but even if you prefer another eye doctor in Amarillo (or wherever you live) please get a thorough eye exam for you and your family each year. It’s important, and covered by your EyeMed insurance!!

No matter what insurance, our eye doctors do a thorough comprehensive eye exam for every patient we see. We include wide field retinal screening for free with every eye exam. We truly believe you and your family will get the best eye exam available in Amarillo when you come in to our office.

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Common EyeMed Glasses Benefits

Remember that these benefits can change plan to plan, but here’s what we typically see in the EyeMed plans in Amarillo.

When you get your eye glasses through EyeMed, you are entitled to a set $dollar amount off of any frame in the optical. The dollar amount changes plan to plan, but many EyeMed plans cover a significant amount of the frames we carry in full. 

As mentioned above, vision insurance is really unique when it comes to lenses. They have pretty much pre-set all the lens prices no matter what eye doctor you go to. So as long as you’re getting the same lens quality (coatings/material etc), you should expect to see just about the same price no matter what optometrist you choose. Not all optometrists sell the same quality lenses, so you may want to ask about the quality, but there’s not much need to price shop. You can choose your eye doctor based on quality and service instead! And we do our best to be the choice patients in Amarillo want to make.

Like doing things like our unique second pair offer. We give all our patients a 50% discount on their second pair of eyewear, or 50% off eyewear when you use your benefits towards contacts!

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MOST eyemed plans we see in Amarillo have contact lens benefits

Most EyeMed plans we see in Amarillo have contact lens benefits members can use. This will include a yearly contact lens evaluation either covered with a co-pay or at a discounted price. The contact lens materials ammount is usually close to your EyeMed’s frame benefit. If you wear contacts, using your EyeMed’s benefits towards contacts is a great idea since you can get 50% off your glasses when you get a year supply of contact lenses.

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50% Off Second Pairs

You can use your EyeMed benefits on contact lenses, or your main pair of glasses, and then get 50% off on a complete pair of glasses. Take advantage of this offer to get a pair of backups, or prescription sun glasses.

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Insurance plans can change quickly. We try to keep this info as accurate as possible. Please call us for up to date information on which plans we take.


You may know you have EyeMed because you’ve bought the plan through your employer. We’d love to be able to tell you that you have EyeMed just based on where you work, but the benefits can change so frequently that it would be difficult to keep an accurate list online.

If you aren’t sure, you can always call our office and we’d be glad to look it up for you. We’ve noticed that EyeMed plans have been showing up along side Aetna plans. Particularly the Aetna Medicare Advantage.

You may not even know you benefits for glasses and contacts through EyeMed! We try to catch it when we can, but if you aren’t sure just ask us and we’ll look into it for you.

Traditional EyeMed Plans

Traditional EyeMed plans are the ones we see that have an exam co-pay, frame or contact lens allowance, and lens co-pays.

EyeMed Discount Plans

EyeMed Discount Plans are EyeMed plans that will entitle you to a discounted eye exam and a discount on your glasses. This is usually a flat discount of around 30% to 40% off.

EyeMed Allowance Plans

EyeMed Allowance plans normally give you a discount on eyewear before applying a set allowance off of your total for glasses or contacts. 

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Free Wide Field Imaging

These photos typically run $50-$75 at most eye doctors offices. But, when you get your eye exam with us, we include it for free! Take advantage of this amazing benefit today by scheduling with one of our Eye doctors in our Amarillo office today.

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Getting the Most of your EyeMed Plan

Make sure you are taking advantage of the yearly eye exam that most Eyemed plans cover. It’s such an important step for healthy life long vision and overall health.

And don’t forget our eye doctors give you an additional Optos photo ($50 value) for free when you visit our eye doctors in Amarillo.

When you use your Eyemed in our Amarillo office you can take advantage of our onsite lab. This is a great way to get glasses in as little as 15 minutes for most single vision wearers.

One of the most outstanding values for you as an EyeMed member is our 50% off glasses when you buy contact lenses. This is really almost like having two benefits each year!

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We offer wide field screening photos with our Optos camera free to all our patients in our Amarillo office. This amazing photo gives you a great idea of how healthy your eyes are. Our eye doctors go over the results on a large screen TV in our exam room, so you can see just how amazing your eyes really are!

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Our in office eye glasses lab keeps a wide range of lenses to make your visit as convenient as we can. Most of our EyeMed patients  that wear single vision can get their glasses in 15 minutes. And even if you need lenses that have to be ordered, our in office finishing lab can cut down on your wait time.

50% Off Second Pair
50% off second complete pair of glasses

You  get 50% off a complete second pair. That 50% off applies to name brands, like  GUCCI, Ray-Ban and Oakley. This offer is exlusive to us, so you probably won’t get it at other eye doctors in Amarillo who take EyeMed.


We lost our glasses. Are they replaceable under EyeMed?

Unfortunately lost and stolen eye glasses isn’t covered under EyeMed. But still give us a call. We’ll see what we can do to help reduce the cost of replacing your glasses.

My Lenses are scratched. Can I get them replaced for free through EyeMed?

 Yes. With the exclusion of safety eye wear, all our lenses include a free 1 year scratch warranty. (Its important to note: Each eye doctor who takes EyeMed will set up their own rules for warranties. Our warranty policy exclusively represents Balfour Optical)


My dog chewed my glasses. What can be done?

We can replace them! We offer a “DOG CHEW” warranty. As long as we can recognize it we will warranty it for you. (Safety eye-wear excluded)

Are EyeMed Benefits Worth having?

EyeMed has a wide range of plans they offer. Some of the plans have incredible coverage, some are not as robust. If you are being given the plan with little or no out of pocket cost to yourself, then absolutely. It can help level the cost of eye wear when comparing eye doctors who take EyeMed. And we are always offering incredible value to our patients without insurance, so you can’t loose either way!

How Often can I use Eyemed?

Again it will vary by plan. Commonly you will be able to get your Eyemed benefits once a year. This will include an exam, lenses and frame or contact lenses. Since each plan may differ, you can always call us and have us check your specific plan for you.