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FAQ: Can I use my FSA/HSA for prescription glasses?

Prescription eyeglasses are eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA) and a health savings account (HSA). You can also get your money back if you are enrolled in a health reimbursement account (HRA) and a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA). 

Prescription eyewear is not eligible for reimbursement under a dependent care flexible spending account — a pre-tax account used to pay for eligible dependent care services.

To be eligible for reimbursement, eyeglasses must be used to correct vision problems and/or be designed to treat a specific medical condition. See an eye doctor to get the most up-to-date prescription.

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Other eligible vision expenses include:

  • Contact lenses

  • Prescription sunglasses

  • Eye care co-pays and deductibles

  • Routine eye exams

Reading eyeglasses are also covered under an FSA and HSA. Reading eyeglasses are not designed to correct vision problems, and unlike prescription eyeglasses, are not designed for full-time use. Reading eyeglasses also can be purchased over-the-counter without a prescription. 

Check your company’s FSA policy with your account administrator to verify what is eligible for reimbursement.

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