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Student Health Center
Room 2201

Appointment Line 831.459.5142
Fax 831.459.3546

Optometry Services

Student Health Services is excited to announce that we have added Optometry services!  Services will be available as of December 5, 2013.  Optometry will be provided by UC Berkeley School of Optometry.

When: Students can be seen on Mondays and Tuesdays, and as we roll out optometry, more days in the future.  This service is available to all students.

Appointments: To make an appointment for optometry, call 831-459-5142 and be sure to have your vision insurance carrier information available for any carriers other than UC SHIP Anthem Blue View Vision.



Insurance: The optometry service will accept many vision insurance plans.

Graduate students with UC SHIP already have Anthem Blue View Vision coverage, and UCSC Student Health Services is an Anthem Blue View Vision Insight network provider.

Undergraduate students with UC SHIP can voluntarily purchase Anthem Blue View Vision Insurance at the beginning of the next coverage period which begins on March 31, 2014.  Please contact the UCSC Student Insurance Office at 831-459-2389 or insure@ucsc.edu to enroll.

For both graduate and undergraduate students, Anthem Blue View Vision insurance covers an annual routine eye exam with a $10 copayment, eye glasses with a $25 copayment plus up to the $120 allowance for a frame (and 80% of costs exceeding $120) including a standard plastic lens, or contact lenses instead of eyeglasses up to $120.  

Please refer to the full list of covered services at www.ucop.edu/ucship.  Click on “Tell me more about UC SHIP” and select the UCSC homepage from the left hand navigation bar and go to “Description of Benefits” where you will find links for the “Blue View Vision Plan” as well as links for the UC SHIP brochure and  a link where you can learn about UC SHIP and the ACA.

Tips For Your Next Optometry Visit

1. If you wear contact lenses, please wear your contact lenses to your appointment and bring your contact lens boxes or previous prescription if possible.

2. Bring your prescription eyeglasses to your appointment and previous prescription if possible.

3. If you scheduled an annual eye exam, plan to have your eyes dilated. A dilation allows the optometrist to better assess the health of the back of your eye. After the dilation, you will not be able to read clearly and you'll be sensitive to light. Your eyes will return to normal in approximately 4 to 6 hours. Please bring sunglasses and do not plan to drive until your eyes return to normal.

Frequently Asked Questions.