We offer a range of vision care services for children and adults on a fee-for-service basis, including eye examinations and prescriptions for eyeglasses, sunglasses, and safety glasses. Eye exams consist of refraction, dilation, and pressure-checking. 

Eligibility

Harvard University Group Health Plan Members

Members with a valid Harvard ID card can receive vision care services on a fee-for-service basis. Optometry services are available to Harvard University Group Health Plan members with an HUHS primary care physician. Ophthalmology services are covered by Harvard University Group Health Plan when referred by your HUHS primary care physician. Find detailed vision care benefits in the HUGHP Benefit Description

Harvard Students

One routine exam is covered for students with the HUSHP Student Health Insurance Plan per academic year (August 1 to July 31). Ophthalmology services are covered by the Student Health Fee under the Harvard University Student Health Program. Find detailed vision care benefits in the HUSHP Handbook.

Referral

Ophthalmology services are available by referral from your primary care physician.

Routine optometry services are available without a referral.

Payment

Payment is due at the time of service. We accept direct payment by cash, personal check, Visa, or MasterCard. Payment by student bill and payroll deduction is also available.

Vision Care Staff 

  • Ophthalmologists are board certified physicians with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of eye problems
  • Optometrists are state-licensed professionals who screen for eye diseases and vision defects, prescribe glasses, and fit contact lenses