The Eye Services clinic at HUHS offers a range of vision care services for children and adults on a fee-for-service basis to those who present a valid Harvard ID card and are covered under the Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP). HUHS ophthalmology services are available by referral from your primary care provider.
The HUHS Eye Service offers eye examinations and prescriptions for eyeglasses, sunglasses, and safety glasses. Eye exams consist of refraction, dilation, and pressure-checking. Ophthalmology services are available by referral if medically necessary.
Remember, even if you do not receive your care or eye examination at HUHS, you may order glasses or contact lenses through our Optical Shop or Contact Lens Service if you have a valid prescription (less than 1 year old).
Optometry services are available to Harvard students and HUGHP members with an HUHS primary care physician. One routine exam is covered for HUGHP members per calendar year. One routine exam is covered for students with the Student Health Insurance Plan per academic year (August 1 to July 31). Ophthalmology services are covered by the Student Health Fee and by HUGHP when referred by your HUHS primary care physician.
Payment is expected when services are rendered. We accept direct payment by cash, personal check, Visa, or MasterCard. Payment by student bill and payroll deduction are also available.
For HUGHP vision care benefits, please review the HUGHP Benefit Description.
For Harvard University Student Health Program vision care benefits, please review the HUSHP Handbook.
The HUHS Optical Shop offers a range of products and services. Our registered dispensing opticians have over 40 years of experience, offering attentive, expert, walk-in service. We offer a great selection and fast delivery of frames and lenses at excellent prices and are experienced in handling unusual prescriptions and challenging fittings. The Optical Shop fills all valid eyeglass prescriptions less than one year old; an HUHS prescription is not required. Products and services include:
Eyeglasses and sunglasses for prescription and non-prescription needs
Protective prescription eyewear for work, sports, and recreation, including safety glasses and swim goggles
Computer glasses to reduce eyestrain when working on a computer
Adjustments and repairs for many brands of eyeglasses, including eyewear purchased outside of HUHS
The Optical Shop operates on a fee-for-service basis and accepts direct payment by cash, personal check, Visa or MasterCard. Payment by student bill and payroll deduction are also available.
CONTACT LENS SERVICE
The Contact Lens Service fits most types of contact lenses, including soft, disposable, and gas-permeable (rigid gas-permeable). The Contact Lens Service fills all valid optical lens prescriptions less than one year old. Prescriptions must be written by an HUHS clinician. Services are available to Harvard students and HUGHP members with an HUHS primary care physician and include:
Discussing the various lens options to determine which is the best fit for you
Use of various trial lenses to help you determine the appropriate lens and fit
Prescriptions for refraction (eyeglasses) if needed
Daily weekday classes on wearing contact lenses
The Contact Lens Service offers competitive prices, similar to major online contact lens retailers. As with comparable health insurance programs, coverage for contact lenses is not provided and payment is expected when services are rendered. We accept direct payment by cash, personal check, Visa or MasterCard. Payment by student bill and payroll deduction are also available.
VISION CARE SERVICES 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.
Opticians are state-licensed professionals who fit eyeglasses, edge lenses, and in some instances fit contact lenses.
Contact Lens Technicians are state-licensed professionals who instruct contact lens-wearers in the use and care of their contact lenses.