VSP vs Community Eye Care: Comparing These Vision Insurances

VSP vs Community Eye Care

VSP and Community Eye Care (CEC) are two of the top vision insurances available in the United States. With this in mind, time will tell what each insurance offers as VSP recently purchased Community Eye Care.

If you have or are looking to purchase vision insurance, you may be wondering what makes these insurances unique. In this article, you’ll learn about the similarities and differences of VSP and Community Eye Care (including how they compare in cost).

How are VSP and Community Eye Care similar?

First off, both VSP and Community Eye Care are taken by various practice modalities (i.e. private, corporate, etc.). As mentioned above, both vision insurances now fall under the VSP company umbrella. While Community Eye Care continues to operate independently from VSP, only time will tell on if/how this will change.

Next, both VSP and Community Eye Care offer members significant savings on eye exams, contact lenses, and glasses. They also offer discounts on vision correction surgery (such as LASIK and PRK). In fact, VSP does through the VSP Laser VisionCare Program while Community Eye Care does through TLC Laser Eye Centers.

If you’re looking for medically necessary contact lens coverage, VSP has plans with this benefit available while Community Eye Care requires you to use your allowance towards this service. In most cases, the Community Eye Care allowance does not cover the full cost of a medically necessary contact lens fit and materials.

RELATED: VSP Vision Insurance: What You Need To Know

How are VSP vs Community Eye Care different?

The biggest difference between VSP and Community Eye Care is the material coverage for contact lenses and glasses. VSP has multiple plans with various material coverage options while Community Eye Care provides members with a set material allowance (typically around $200).

With Community Eye Care, you are able to see any provider you would like. However, if the provider is out-of-network, you may have to pay in full at the time of service then submit your claim on your own for reimbursement. Fortunately, all members still receive their full benefits under Community Eye Care’s out-of-network policy. This is not always the case with VSP.

Lastly, VSP has a much large doctor network than Community Eye Care. Again, since VSP now owns Community Eye Care, this is subject to change.

RELATED: Community Eye Care Vision Insurance: What You Need To Know

Price comparison

The cost for VSP varies depending on what plan you choose and how you sign up (as an individual or with a company). In general, company-sponsored plans tend to cost you (the employee) a lot less.

For VSP, there are an array of plans to sign up for which range $13/month for an individual standard plan to $80/month for a premium family plan. Fortunately, you can sign-up online without any enrollment fees and start taking advantage of VSP benefits within 5 business days.

On the other hand, Community Eye Care is only available through employers, associations, and health plans. As a result, individuals plans are not available and member cost varies depending on the package your employer, association, or health plan is associated with.

Final thoughts

In the end, VSP and Community Eye Care are both strong vision insurances. If your company provides either of these vision insurances as an option, you’re in luck. However, only VSP can be purchased on the open market, making it a more accessible option to the masses.

Do you prefer VSP or Community Eye Care? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family, and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.


  1. Community Eye Care is extraordinarily CRAPPY Insurance!!! I work for a reputable hospital and I was so disappointed and PISSED to find out Community Eye Care is what’s offered instead of VSP!!!! Why in the world does VSP own CEC and let this dog vomit company offer such worthless insurance when they could absorb CEC into VSP and offer great coverage?!!!!

  2. Maybe change is coming since they recently acquired them? Thank you for sharing your thoughts.