FSA Alert

It’s that time of year again!  The countdown is on before your flexible spending account (FSA) expires. (December 31)  Yup, there is a “use-it or lose-it” rule (straight from the government.)

 

What’s covered?

 

We want to help you make the most of your hard earned dollars.  By using your FSA you are saving money that would otherwise have gone to taxes (an average of 25% of your income, based on Seattle 2018 median income.) 

 

So basically you’re getting 25% off your eyewear!  It’s like a sale for yourself, and an opportunity to elevate the style in your life. Helllllloooo foxy frames!

 

It’s more than just a sale on style though, it’s your chance to branch out into a world and make it your own.  Giving you more freedom to do what you love AND be able to see clearly.

 

  • Sports Eyewear

Do you dive, swim or hit the slopes?  We can get you amazing high-quality goggles suited to your needs, so you don’t have to squint, or try to awkwardly pair your existing lenses with goggles.  And who wants the risk of breaking or damaging your frames on the slopes.  Or losing your contacts in the water? (Should you even be wearing your contacts in the water?) 

 

  • Computer Glasses

Have you ever thought about computer “blue blocking” glasses?  If you’re in front of screens (and let’s be honest, we all are) then adding this to your life can be a game changer.  Better sleep, less eye irritation and more. Add these lenses to your current prescription frames and voila - the FSA credit is yours. (We even wrote a whole blog on the subject here.) 

 

  • Prescription Sunglasses

Yup, sunnies are covered.  Protect your peepers from damaging UV light, keep cool and look fabulous.  Using sunglasses on the ski hill is just as important as on the beach, so we have these in store year round for your convenience. 

 

  • Prescription Eyewear

The basics.  The everyday.  And the frames that highlight who you are, with your gorgeous individual style.  Eye exams are recommended annually because eyes and prescriptions tend to change.  So do style trends.  So rev up your engines on all accounts and update your look to see the world in its true, focused form.  We know your insurance usually covers a portion, but you can use your FSA to enhance your experience.  Maybe getting a second set of glasses for the car, or those upscale frames for date night, or even splurge on the reeeeeaaaallllly pretty ones just above what your insurance will cover (your FSA has you covered for the remaining portion).

 

  • Prescription Contacts and Supplies

These are necessities that, for those of us who use them, can’t be lived without.  Using your pre-tax dollars just makes cents.  Yes cents, lots of them, in your pockets.

 

But don’t take it from us, here’s the whole list from the IRS

 

 

 

 

But my employer doesn’t offer a FSA?  

 

What then?

No problem!  

Did you know you can set up your own Healthcare Spending Account (HSA)?

It works very similarly to the FSA, and has limits, so check with your local banking provider for details and sign-up options.  Once set-up, you can use pre-tax dollars for healthcare spending.  On all the same things:

Prescription Eyewear 

Prescription Sunglasses 

Computer Glasses

Prescription Goggles for sports such as skiing, swimming or diving 

Contacts and Supplies

 

Want more information?  The nitty gritty?  You can check out the government’s information on it all right here. 


 

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