Avesis Optional Eyewear Program

Iowa State University offers all benefits eligible employees and eligible family members a voluntary group eyewear insurance plan.

  • The eyewear plan vendor is Avesis Vision.
  • The Avesis plan does not cover eye exams.
  •  Exams are covered under your medical plan.
  •  The Avesis plan will allow access to one of the most competitive vision networks in the nation. Avesis contracts with independent optometrists, ophthalmologists and most retail chain centers making it convenient for employees to purchase glasses or contacts at locations close to where they live or work.

The same eligibility rules apply to dependents as the medical and dental plans. 

Date Coverage Begins:

New Hire:  coverage is effective on the first day of the month following the date of employment, providing you enroll within 31 days of your date of employment or by the assigned deadline. 

Open Enrollment Period:  you may enroll/change/end coverage during the open change period. The effective date will be January 1.




Employee + Spouse $12.58
Employee + child(ren) $13.77
Family $17.71

A complete listing of providers in Iowa and the United States can be found:

The Gramm-Leach Bliley Act (“GLBA”) requires that members on the Avesis Optional Eyewear Program are provided with an annual GLBA Notice of Privacy (“Notice”).  This requirement is being met by posting on the ISU Benefits Forms page. Members can receive a printed copy, upon request.