These are general terms for types of flexible accounts where a sum of money is automatically deducted from each paycheck that can be used to pay for health care items that aren't covered by insurance. The advantage of these accounts is that the sum isn't taxed, so you get more for your money. The amount is usually predetermined by you.
You can use your account card to purchase different types of eye care products. While there are many different FSA/HSA programs, vision care items that are typically covered include:
If you do not have a "flex" card, you may have to pay the cost upfront and then apply for reimbursement from your program. To find out more about the specific benefits and policies of your FSA/HSA, speak with your provider.
The disadvantage of Flexible Saving Accounts is that the sum doesn't usually carry over into the new year, so you want to make sure that you spend the money you have saved each year. If you don't use it by a certain deadline you will lose it!
The advantage of Health Saving Accounts is that the money usually carries over, which allows you to accumulate money to purchase more expensive items and services.
An FSA/HSA is an excellent way to save money on health care needs that often aren't covered by medical insurance. Speak with an HSA/FSA provider to find out which programs are available in your place of employment, and to determine which type of account is most suitable for your health care needs.