Aetna Vision℠ Discount & Preferred Program(s)

Aetna Vision℠ Discount & Preferred Program

Aetna Vision discount benefits are available to students enrolled in the Columbia Plan.

The Aetna Vision Discount Program offers a discount on optics (prescription and non-prescription), including designer frames and name-brand contact lenses at many nationwide locations. Coverage provides access to discounted prices for many eye care products, including sunglasses, contact lenses, non-prescription sunglasses, contact lens solutions and other eye care accessories. In addition, you can receive up to a 15% discount on LASIK surgery (the laser vision correction procedure). A listing of participating providers is available through the "DocFind©"feature at

The Aetna Vision providers closest to Teachers College, Columbia University are:

Columbia Opticians, Inc.
1246 Amsterdam Avenue (at 121st Street)

The Spec Shop
2868 Broadway (between 111th and 112th Streets)

Lens Crafters
2770 Broadway (between 106th and 107th Streets)
(212) 678-0530 

For information on other locations, call:
Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm

NEW! Aetna is now offering a voluntary Vision℠ Preferred Program for students at an enroll premium of $65 per year. In-network benefits for exams, eyeglass and contact lenses, and frames. 

Aetna Student Health is offering a Vision Preferred plan to Columbia University students and their eligible dependents for the 2021-22 academic year.  Enrollment in this voluntary Vision plan is open to all registered students and their eligible dependents.

  • Fall Open Enrollment: Deadline to enroll - September 30, 2021
    • Coverage Dates: August 15, 2021 - August 14, 2022

How to Enroll:

Enrollment is open for the Fall 2021 term.

To learn more about the plan benefits, coverage, and to enroll in the Aetna Vision Preferred Plan please visit the Aetna Student Health website.

For customer service assistance with the voluntary vision plan please call 877-973-3238 and reference Group ID 1022457.

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