Pain Relief Eye Mask: FSA Eligibility
No prescription required.
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 is a pain relief eye mask?
A pain relief eye mask is a face mask that acts through several mechanisms to provide pain relief. A pain relief eye mask is an Over-the-Counter (OTC) item and can be reimbursed through consumer-directed healthcare accounts without a prescription. A pain relief eye mask is designed to relieve pain and can help with related issues such as puffy eyes, headaches, light sensitivity, migraine, and sinus pain.
A pain relief eye mask typically provides light pressure around the eye area which can help reduce swelling and discomfort or pain due to swelling. Pain relief eye masks are usually one-size-fits-all and may have an adjustable retention band. Pain relief eye masks are also usually filled with a material that retains cold temperatures, allowing for the eye mask to be chilled or frozen to further aid in relieving pain. A chilled or frozen pain relief eye mask will reduce swelling around the head and eye region, which may be another source of pain or discomfort.
A pain relief eye mask may also be washable for hygiene after repeated use. Pain relief eye masks are usually made of a dark, opaque material that prevents light from passing through. This allows the pain relief eye mask to assist with light sensitivity, which may be another source of pain or discomfort.