Vision dictionary

Below is an alphabetical listing of common vision terms.

ANISOMETROPIA

A condition of unequal refractive state for the two eyes; one eye requiring a different lens correction than the other.

APPROVED LABORATORIES 

Laboratories contracted with VBA Vision to manufacture lenses

BENEFICIARY

The participant, eligible spouse and eligible unmarried child(ren) (if dependent coverage is provided) of the subscriber contract for the program

BENEFITS ADMINISTRATOR

Person at the employer’s office who manages eligibility

BLENDED LENSES

Bifocals which do not have a visible dividing line

COATED LENSES

A substance which is added to a finished lens on one or both surfaces

CREDENTIALING

Process that verifies provider’s qualifications

DILATION

Gives doctors a better view of the eye’s internal structures

DISPENSE

Distribute products ordered according to prescription and ensure proper fit

ELIGIBILITY

Member or dependent is an active member on the plan and is authorized to receive services according to plan schedule and usage

EYE EXAM

Eye exam includes an evaluation of complete history of the patient, external examination of the eyes, internal examination of the eyes, objective and subjective refraction and visual acuity, muscle balance and fusion evaluation with near point tests, depth and color perception tests, tonometry

MATERIALS

Lenses, frame, low vision aids contact lenses

MEMBER SERVICES

Customer care support to our members (employees and their families)

MEMBER

Employee covered for a VBA Vision care plan through their employer

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Medical doctor (DO or MD) specializing in surgical eye problems

OPTICAL LAB

Optical lens laboratory is where lenses are fabricated to correct a patient’s refractive error

OPTOMETRIST

An eye doctor who earned a Doctor of Optometry degree (OD) and examines eyes for vision and health problems, corrects refractive errors by prescribing eye glasses or contact lenses

ORTHOPTICS

The teaching and training process for the improvement of visual perception and coordination of the two eyes for efficient and comfortable binocular vision.

OUT-OF-NETWORK CLAIM

A form which is used to submit for out-of-network reimbursement when the beneficiary selects a doctor not in the VBA Vision network

PARTICIPANT

The employee(s), member(s) of the subscriber who contracted for the program

PARTICIPATING DOCTOR

Providers who accept vision insurance through VBA Vision

PARTICIPATING PROVIDER

Providers who accept vision insurance through VBA Vision

PARTICIPATING PROVIDER AGREEMENT

Lists the rights and obligations for providers

PHOTOCHROMIC LENSES

Lenses which change color with intensity of sunlight

PLAN RATE AND LIMIT SCHEDULE

Schedule of provider reimbursements, the charges to the patient and more thoroughly explains plan policies

PREFERRED PROVIDER ORGANIZATION

(PPO) An insurance plan with a panel of eligible providers

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Examination, material selection, fitting of glasses, related to adjustments, etc.

PROVIDER

The optometrists, ophthalmologists and retail optical locations

PROVIDER APPLICATION

Document required in order for a provider to be added to the network

PROVIDER RELATIONS

Group of dedicated representatives on staff to answer provider questions 

SUBSCRIBER OR CONTRACT HOLDER

“Subscriber” refers to the entity that contracts with VBA Vision on behalf of its participant and in some cases is referred to as “Contract Holder”

TINTED LENSES

Lenses which have additional substance added to produce constant tint (e.g. pink, green, gray, blue, etc.)

VISUAL ACUITY 

The sharpness of retinal focus within the eye (20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity)