Demystify Your Cost


Demystify Your Cost

Getting your glasses should be clear and simple!


What do bottled water, coffee and eyewear have in common?

Significant cost markups!

Everyone knows buying something at retail means you are paying the marked up cost to help businesses make a profit. What you buy and where you buy it can make a huge difference where it matters most - your wallet.

Eye care and eyewear shouldn't be expensive, confusing or complicated. And you should never have to compromise quality or style. Buying your glasses should be clear and simple...without all the markups!

Keeping It Simple

Davis Vision believes in educating our customers to be smart consumers, feel great and save more. Why? To give our members the power to leverage and optimize their plan benefits. How do they do that? By keeping it simple and knowing what questions to ask… (Is there a private label equivalent for my frames and lens options?...How do I know I'm getting the best price?)

Companies have their own product formulary. A formulary is not unlike prescription drugs – you can buy the top-dollar retail brand or ask if there's a private label brand that is less expensive and doesn't sacrifice quality.  A vision formulary is the same but lists prescription frames and lenses that include private label brands that are made by the same brand manufacturers without all of the added cost.  

We believe taking care of your vision should be easy.  Let's start with some basic information about eye care and eye wear.

PROVIDERS are the eye doctors who are part of your in-network coverage, provide eye exams that include dilation and typically do not require any copayment or out-of-pocket cost.
FRAME SELECTION typically includes an allowance, however, consider your budget and ask which frames stay within your allowance amount versus having to pay extra out-of-pocket.
LENSES come in a variety of types, shapes, sizes and coating(s). The cost may vary widely and depends on the type of lens, coating(s) and brands you select. To learn more about "Lenses and Coatings Lingo", click here.

Making Sense of Your Prescription

Click on the sample prescription pad to understand more.

See a description of each item highlighted on the sample prescription pad (below) to understand more.

Prescription SymbolPrescription Symbol

Doctor of Optometry
175 East Houston Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Patient Name:
Expiration Date:
6Distance8OD-0.75 SPH   

Vertex lenses used in this examination; finished lenses to correspond.

OD Add reading
OD Add Intermediate
OS Add Reading
OS Add Intermediate
1 Sphere: Represents the amount of power, measured in diopters, the lens needs to provide clearer vision. Farsightedness is represented when written with a (+) symbol, whereas nearsightedness is represented when written with a (-) symbol.
2 Cylinder: Represents the amount of lens power, measured in diopters, which is needed to correct astigmatism. Farsightedness is represented when written with a (+) symbol, whereas nearsightedness is represented when written with a (-) symbol.
3 Axis: Represents the position of the amount of astigmatism and is used by labs to determine how to orientate the cylindrical lens to correct the astigmatism. Orientation measurements range from 0 - 180 degrees.
4 Prism: A measurement amount used to correct eye alignment. The prism targets eye turn, or "lazy eye", and double vision.
5 Base: Works with the Prism in correcting eye alignment. The base can be positioned up, down, in, or out.
6 Distance: Signifies the prescription lens power needed to clearly see objects far away.
7 Add: This is the near prescription needed for presbyopes. Additional positive power is necessary to magnify the distance prescription and restore the near vision.
8 OD: Right eye.
9 OS: Left eye.