What is the difference between visually required and cosmetic contact lenses?

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What is the difference between visually required and cosmetic contact lenses?

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“Visually required” contacts are a covered benefit for members that have one of four medical conditions: 1. Keratoconus where the patient is not correctable to 20/30 in either or both eyes using standard spectacle lenses. 2. High Ametropia exceeding -12 D or +9 D in spherical equivalent. 3. Anisometropia of 3 D or more. 4. Patients whose vision can be corrected two (2) lines of improvement on the visual acuity chart when compared to best corrected standard spectacle lenses. Most standard contact lens purchases are classified as “cosmetic” or “elective” because the patient has a choice between wearing contacts or wearing glasses. Please note that the allowances for cosmetic or elective contact lenses are different from the allowance for visually required lenses. DeltaVision benefit plans offer generous allowances for both types of contact lenses.

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“Visually required contacts are a covered benefit for members that have one of four medical conditions: 1. Keratoconus where the patient is not correctable to 20/30 in either or both eyes using standard spectacle lenses. 2. High Ametropia exceeding 12 D or +9 D in spherical equivalent. 3. Anisometropia of 3 D or more. 4. Patients whose vision can be corrected two (2) lines of improvement on the visual acuity chart when compared to best corrected standard spectacle lenses. Most standard contact lens purchases are classified as cosmetic or elective because the patient has a choice between wearing contacts or wearing glasses. Please note that the allowances for cosmetic or elective contact lenses are different from the allowance for visually required lenses. TruAssure vision care plans offer generous allowances for both types of contact lenses.

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