Optional vision insurance

Student Health Benefits offers an optional vision insurance plan to supplement students' health insurance coverage.

All students are eligible to enroll in the Vision Plan, whether you are covered by Cornell's Student Health Plan (SHP) or a private health insurance plan. Plan enrollees may also choose to enroll dependents (spouses, domestic partners, and children).

NOTE: Student Health Plan–Medicaid (SHP-M) members have dental and vision coverage included as a benefit of their plan.

Plan highlights

Cornell's student Dental Plan is offered through Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. The plan ...

  • is tailored to fit the needs of Cornell students (and their dependents) studying in Ithaca, New York City, or anywhere else in the United States
  • offers savings on eye exams, glasses, contacts, and laser vision surgery 
  • includes access to a nationwide network of 94,000 in-network providers, including more than 21,000 independent locations and more than 6,000 retail locations 
  • offers online in-network options so you can order eyewear and contacts online
  • provides in-network and out-of-network coverage

2017-2018 Plan Information

Please refer to the 2017−2018 Vision Plan brochure (pdf) for details about coverage and benefits.

Plan policy & ID card

  • Vision Plan Insurance Policy 
    Note: This document also contains information about Cornell's Dental Plan.
  • Your vision plan ID card:
    You can log in to eyemedvisioncare.com to access your ID card. However, you do not need an ID card to use your vision benefits. Simply tell your provider you have EyeMed and supply your student ID (including the two leading zeroes) instead of your social security number.

Coverage dates

  • Annual: August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018
  • Spring semester only: January 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018 (available only to new spring admits)


2017-2018 Plan Term (August 1, 2017  – July 31, 2018):

  • Student: $142
  • Spouse / domestic partner: $128
  • One or more children: $85

Spring 2018 Plan Term (January 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018):

Available only to new spring admits

  • Student: $92
  • Spouse / domestic partner: $85
  • One or more children: $59



  • Annual plan term:
    • Registered Cornell students
    • Dependents (spouse, domestic partner, children) of students enrolled in the Dental Plan
  • Spring semester only:
    • Students entering Cornell for the first time in the spring (and their dependents)
    • Enrolled students (and their dependents) returning to Cornell in the spring after a fall semester off campus (restrictions apply for students who were eligible to enroll in the fall, but chose not to)

Enrollment application

Enrollment for fall 2018 will begin in June. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Finding participating providers 

You will get the most out of your plan by using an Ameritas participating (or "in network") provider. Refer to page 2 of the 2017−2018 Vision Plan brochure (pdf) for coverage details. 

Find a participating provider 

Enter the zip code where you want to receive care, and select the "Access" network. Visit Ameritas's Find a Provider page for more information and resources.