Eyeglass Accessories: FSA Eligibility
Eligible expenses for Limited FSAs can vary. To find out exactly what your Limited FSA covers, contact your FSA administrator.
Under IRC 213(d)(1), "medical care includes amounts paid for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or for the purpose of affecting any structure or function of the body." This includes medical equipment and devices.
What are eyeglass accessories?
Eyeglass accessories are items that accessorize the use of prescription eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses. Commonly used eyeglass accessories include repair kits, lens cloths, lens cleaning solutions, eyeglass cords, screwdriver kits, replacement nose pads, temple pads, and eyeglass protection solutions.
Eyeglass accessories must be used for the adaptation, maintenance, or repair of prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses to be considered eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account (Cohen's Fashion Optical). Eyeglass accessories are not considered eligible for reimbursement if they are cosmetic or if they are not used for non-prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses.
Eyeglass repair kits are an eyeglass accessory that typically consists of screwdriver sets and replacement screws. They may also include small pliers which are designed to manipulate the placement of nose pad arms. Other eyeglass accessories useful for repairing eyeglasses are replacement nose pads and temple pads. These eyeglass accessories allow eyeglasses to rest comfortably on the nose or temple, respectively.
Eyeglass accessories that help maintain eyeglasses include lens cloths, lens cleaning solutions, and eyeglass protection solutions. Eyeglasses are vulnerable to being scratched by hard objects such as sand and metal fragments. Eyeglass lens cloths and solutions are designed to gently remove debris from the surface of the eyeglass lens to prevent scratches from occurring. Certain solutions can also mitigate the effects of an existing scratch, allowing the eyeglasses to remain useful.
Eyeglass accessories that help with adaptability include nose pads, temple pads, and eyeglass cords. These eyeglass accessories help eyeglasses sit at the appropriate position to allow for proper vision, and for retention of the eyeglasses to prevent them from falling or becoming lost.