Vision Clinic, University Health Center, University of Georgia
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Vision Clinic

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UGA Faculty & Staff:

Donít forget to use your EyeMed benefits* at the University Health Center Vision Clinic by December 23.
If you do not use these benefits by the end of the year, you will lose them. Each family member with EyeMed coverage through the University of Georgia Plan is eligible for the following:

  • Eye Exam ($10 copay)
  • Frames ($150 benefit)
  • Lenses: Contact lenses ($150 benefit) or Eyeglass lenses (co-pay based)
  • Contact lens fitting (discounted)

Remember, you can use Flexible Spending Accounts to pay for exams, glasses (including prescription sunglasses and contact lenses).

*Attention Students with EyeMed: Your benefits and copays may be different. Please contact the Vision Clinic at 706-542-5617 for more details.

The staff of the Vision Clinic is committed to providing highly accessible, professional eye care for University of Georgia students and other eligible members of the university community. We provide premium comprehensive and personalized eye care services in a respectful environment using state-of-the art equipment, materials and products balanced with highly trained eye care professionals.

Phone: 706-542-5617

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm

The Vision Clinic is located on the first floor of the University Health Center, at the corner of College Station and East Campus Road, on the University of Georgia campus.

Services are available to UGA students/faculty/staff/retirees, their spouses/partners, and dependents ages 4-26 years.

All patients 16 and older must bring a UGA ID card to be eligible for Vision Clinic services. Patients 15 and under must bring a photo ID and be accompanied by a guardian with a UGA ID card. Please present your insurance card at each visit.


Appointments are necessary and can be made online (students) or by phone. If you need an appointment for a medical issue with your eye (pink eye, red eye etc.), you will need to call for your appointment. The average appointment lasts approximately one hour. If you need to select eyewear or have training for contact lenses allow for additional time.

Missed Appointments

If necessary, cancel or reschedule your appointment by 24 hours on the preceding business day to avoid a $30 missed-appointment charge.


We are a fee-for-service clinic and charge a fee for each service provided. The pricing structure for all services and products is designed to offer a low price for students to eliminate the need for coupons, sales and "shopping around."


The Vision Clinic is considered a "well clinic," and out of concern for other patients, those with symptoms of a contagious illness (other than eye issues) should be seen by their primary care provider and postpone their routine eye evaluation.


United HealthCare Student Resources:
United HealthCare Student Resources covers most medical visits. See for more detailed information.

EyeMed (Insight Network):
The UHC Vision Clinic is in-network with EyeMed Insight Network. This plan services UGA faculty, staff, and dependents. If you have a different EyeMed plan, the Vision Clinic staff can help to file these claims. Contact the office for additional information.

The UHC Optometrists are in-network with Medicare for examinations. Please present your Medicare card at your visit.

VSP (Vision Service Plan):
We will file your claim to VSP for you. UHC is out-of-network with VSP; however, the reimbursement rates combined with the student discounts often offer a good value. You will need to provide the member's name, member's DOB, employer name, member number (last four digits of member's social security number).

Other Vision Plans:
We can help you file your vision plan. We will need the name of the Vision Plan and the member's name, member's DOB, employer name and member number if applicable.

Please let us know you have insurance.
The University Health Center does provide direct billing to other insurance companies. Please call your individual insurance carrier to inquire about coverage for vision services and any stipulations they may have to ensure timely payment.

student having eyes examined

General Eye Exams

A complete medical and refractive eye examination is critical to assure the good health of your eyes and to rule out the possibility of any unsuspected, underlying condition. The refractive portion of the exam is used to determine your eyeglass prescription. Reference the chart below to determine how frequently you should have your eyes examined. Also ask your Optometrist; you may need to be seen on a more regular basis determined by family history or medications you are taking.

Make your eye exam appointment online

Patient Age Examination Frequency
  Asymptomatic / Risk Free Symptomatic / At Risk
Birth to 24 Months At 6 months of age By 6 months of age or as recommended
2 to 5 Years At 3 years of age At 3 years of age or as recommended
6 to 18 Years Before first grade and every two years thereafter Annually or as recommended
18 to 60 Years Every two years Every one to two years or as recommended
61 and Older Annually Annually or as recommended
Contact Lens Wearers Annually Annually or sooner

The following links may provide you additional information:

Vision Clinic Forms

To save time before your visit, please print and complete the following forms and bring them with you to your appointment. (All forms are Adobe pdf)

Patient Agreement Form (Faculty/Staff only)
Health History Form (Faculty/Staff only)

Vision Insurance Form

Eyestyle Profile
Consent for Dilation
Consent for Wellness Screening
Contact Lens Patient Agreement Form

Refractive Surgery Patient Summary
Occupational Health Approval
Authorization to Use or Disclose Health Information