University Health Service

eye clinic

How can I visit the Eye Care Clinic and Optical Shop?

  • For a routine vision exam, schedule an appointment by calling 734-764-8320 or visiting Appointment Scheduling (2nd floor). A routine vision exam may result in a prescription for glasses or contact lenses. 
  • If you have an urgent eye problem, please contact us right away by calling 734-764-8320. Urgent eye problems include conjunctivitis, acute visual disturbances, foreign bodies in the eye, or injuries to the eye. 
  • For glasses (ordering new or getting yours fixed), walk-in to the Optical Shop during open hours (below), except noon-1 PM. No appointment is needed but please arrive at least one hour before closing to allow for ample time to select frames and lenses. See also To get glasses.
  • For contact lenses, see To get contact lenses.

Location: Third floor - see also Location, Parking and Transportation


Appointments: (734) 764-8320
Eye Care Clinic: (734) 763-0291
Optical Shop: (734) 647-4300

Department hours Sept - April:*

Mon, Tues, Wed:  8 AM – 5 PM
Thurs:  9 AM – 5 PM
Fri:  8 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat and Sun:  Closed

* Closed for lunch noon - 1 PM. Hours may vary during semester breaks and holidays.

What happens during a routine vision exam?

A routine vision exam begins with a health history. The optometrist (Doctor of Optometry) then:

  • Will assess your ability to see clearly at near and far distances, eye coordination, color vision, depth perception, refractive error and field of vision
  • Will dilate your eyes and check the interior and exterior eye as well as the surrounding area for impairment and disease
  • May prescribe medication, glasses or contact lenses, or vision therapy as needed

How should I prepare for a routine vision exam?

If possible, bring sunglasses because your eyes may be sensitive to the sun after dilation. If you forget sunglasses, we will provide a disposable pair.

Most people can drive after a visual exam. However, if you are farsighted you may have visual impairment and would have to wait a few hours to drive. For this reason, you may wish to make transportation arrangements before your exam.

How often should I have my eyes checked?

Routine vision exams are an important part of preventive care.

It's recommended that you get a routine vision exam if you:

  • Have a history of vision problems
  • Wear contact lenses or glasses
  • Experience squinting, blinking, rubbing eyes frequently, headaches, changes in vision or difficulty with visual concentration within arm's length, because hese may be signs of eye problems


  • People in their mid-20s to mid-30s who do not wear contact lenses should get an exam every two years.
  • People in their mid-30s and older should get an exam annually, because changes in vision and focus, along with eye diseases, are more likely to develop.

To get glasses

  • If you have a prescription for glasses, from UHS or from outside UHS, you can order glasses at the UHS Optical Shop. 
  • No appointment is needed, but please arrive at least one hour before closing to allow for ample time to select frames and lenses. 
  • You can select from a wide variety of frames for eye glasses, sunglasses, sports and recreational glasses, and occupational safety glasses. Brands include Nike, Ray Ban, Michael Kors, Emporio Armani, and more.
  • After ordering glasses, they are generally ready in a week, although special orders may take longer. 

To get contact lenses

If you have a contact lens prescription from outside UHS that is less than one year old, we can fill your prescription. However, we cannot accept contact prescriptions from outside the U.S.

If your contact lens prescription was prescribed over one year ago, you must first receive a complete vision exam through the Eye Care Clinic to ensure that the contact lenses fit correctly and there are no other eye problems or conditions that warrant further attention.

Order contacts online: We partnered with to provide you easy online ordering for contacts. Please note:

  • You must be a patient of the UHS Eye Care Clinic
  • You must be registered in the ordering system (we will register you -- just tell us that you want to be registered, either in person or by calling 734-763-0291)
  • Your contact lens prescription must be current and written within the last year

Order Contact Lenses Online

Talk with your eye doctor about proper care and wear, which are critical to maintaining the quality of your eye health and vision.

We strongly discourage wearing lens overnight because of the dramatic increase in eye diseases related to extended-wear contacts.

Also, if you will live in an isolated area for any length of time, make sure that there is a facility at which either rigid (RPG) or soft lenses can be checked or replaced as needed.  See also For Contact Lens Wearers: How to Care for Your Eyes When You Travel.


For currently enrolled U-M students (i.e. taking regular classes on the Ann Arbor campus):

  • Routine vision exams are NOT covered by the health service fee, so students pay additional fees. Insurance may apply. Costs and insurance are described below.
  • Eye care for medical conditions (e.g. conjunctivitis, acute visual disturbances, foreign bodies or injuries to the eye) IS covered by the health service fee, so currently enrolled  U-M students pay no additional fees.

Cost of routine vision exam with dilation (includes glasses prescription but not actual glasses):

  • If you had a routine vision exam at UHS in the last 3 years: $98
  • If you have NOT had a routine vision exam at UHS in the last 3 years: $109

Cost of contact lens prescription and fitting (in addition to cost of the routine vision exam above, and does not include actual contact lenses) depends on complexity of the lenses. These fees range from $60 to $125.

Special deal for glasses: For as little as $149, you can now get a pair of glasses in our Optical Shop, with a new selection of frames (many designer styles!), single-vision polycarbonate lenses, and standard anti-reflective coating.  This is a good deal if you don't have insurance that would cover glasses, or if you want a second pair. (This offer can't be combined with insurance or discounts.)


BCN U-M Student Health Plans:

For ages 19 and older: 

  • You should see a BCN participating vision provider. UHS is one and you can schedule by calling 734-764-8320. For additional BCN participating vision providers, call 800-662-6667.
  • Insurance pays 90% of the cost of one routine vision exam and one contact lens fitting exam per plan year. No annual deductible needs to be reached for coverage to begin. 
  • Patient pays a $20 visit co-payment plus 10% co-insurance.
  • Insurance does NOT pay for glasses (frames, lenses) or contact lenses.

For under age 19:

  • You should see a VSP Vision Care Provider. UHS is not one. For VSP Vision Care Providers, call 800-877-7195.
  • Insurance pays 100% of the cost of one routine vision exam per plan year. No annual deductible needs to be reached for coverage to begin. 
  • Patient pays no copayment or coinsurance.

Premier Care and GradCare (Blue Care Network) members: UHS is a Network 1 provider.

  • Insurance will pay for one routine vision exam per policy year.
  • Patient pays no copayment or coinsurance. 
  • Insurance does NOT pay for glasses, contact lenses, or charges for an eye exam performed for the sole purpose of the fitting of contact lenses

UHS can bill U-M insurances and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan.

UHS is a Davis Vision provider. For more on Davis Vision benefits, see the Benefits Office website.