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Endowed Vision Plan

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The Davis Vision Plan provides coverage for eye exams, eyeglasses, frames or contact lenses.

Endowed faculty and staff who elect to enroll in the Davis Vision Plan can access care through the Davis Vision network of independent, private practice doctors or select retail partners such as VisionWorks and select Walmart locations. If you go to a participating, in-network provider, you will pay less than if you go to an out-of-network provider. 

Tools & Resources

Find a Preferred Provider

Contact DavisVision by MetLife
833-Eye-Life (1-833-393-5433)
Service Center Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST M-F
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST Sat.

Vision Plan Details

2023 Plan Coverage


In-network benefit



Exam (once every calendar year)

$0 copay

Up to $50 reimbursed

Frames ( once every calendar year)

$0 copay

Up to $50 reimbursed

Provider offering Davis Vision Exclusive Collection of Frames3

Fashion tier

Designer tier

Premier tier

$0 copay

$0 copay

$0 copay


Visionworks Retail locations

Allowance of up to $200 toward frames, plus 20% off any overage 


Other eye care professionals

Allowance of up to $150 toward frames, plus 20% off any overage 

Up to $50 reimbursed

Lenses (once every calendar year)


Single, bifocal, trifocal, lenticular

$20 copay

$40 - $100 reimbursed

Lens extras

Tinting, scratch-resistant coating,

kids’ polycarbonate, oversize lenses

$0 copay


Additional lens extras

Progressives, anti-reflective, UV,

scratch coatings (up to 50% off)

Fixed copay amounts


Contact lenses - in lieu of eyeglasses ( once every calendar year)

Contacts from the Davis Vision Exclusive Collection of Contact Lenses


    Planned replacement

  $0 copay – 4 boxes

$0 copay – 2 boxes


  Visionworks (in-network)  

 Other eye care professionals

  (in-network or out-of-network)

Allowance of up to $150 toward Contacts, plus 15% off any overage

Up to $150 reimbursed

Contact lens fitting fee

    Davis Vision Exclusive Collection

    Standard and specialty

$20 copay

15%  discount2

$0 reimbursed


Effective 1/1/2020 through 12/31/2023



Per Pay Period

24 Pay Periods

26 Pay Periods





Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner




Employee + Child(ren)




Employee + Family




Rates Effective 1/1/2020 through 12/31/2023

Davis Vision I.D. Cards

If you are newly enrolled, you will receive a Welcome letter with I.D. cards.  This information will include participating providers based on your zip code.   

You can also print ID cards from MyBenefits ( or view ID cards on the MetLife mobile app. You can request new replacement cards by calling 833-Eye-Life (1-833-393-5433).


Plan Documentation


Regular employees who work at least 20 hours per week, or 50% FTE (full time employment) for salaried employees for a period of 6 months or more, and who are included in payroll/benefit classifications designated by Cornell are eligible to apply for coverage under Cornell’s Dental and Vision Plans. Your spouse (or domestic partner) and children are eligible. Children may be covered through December 31 of the year in which their 26th birthday occurs. New employees have 60 days from the date of hire to enroll.

Effective Date of Coverage

Changes made during Open Enrollment will be effective January 1.  Outside of Open Enrollment, your benefits will become effective on the first day of the pay period after your date of hire or qualified event (i.e. marriage, divorce).  If your date of hire or qualified event is the first day of the pay period, your effective date is the date of hire/qualified event.