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Low Cost Dental/Vision Options

Dental

Vital Savings on Dental Discount Program

If you enroll in the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan, you will be automatically enrolled in the Vital Savings on Dental Discount program.

You will need to select a dentist that participates in the discount program by using the DocFind tool on the Vital Savings website. Please click here to visit the Vital Savings website. You will be able to select a dentist in your area and learn more about typical savings on various dental procedures. Discounts vary. Please call the provider ahead of time.

If you submitted a waiver application and did not enroll in the Aetna Student Health insurance plan, you are still able to enroll in this discount program by clicking here.

IMPORTANT: The Vital Savings program is a discount program. It is not insurance.

UT School of Dentistry

All procedures are performed by UT Dental students under the supervision of clinical faculty members. Patients are accepted on the basis of their specific needs. Treatment and services typically range from $150 - $175.

For more information, please visit their website here.

For an initial assesment appointment, please call 713-486-4000, Option 2.

Appointments can be made 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. daily, until all appointments for the following week are booked.

Vision

Eye Excellence

Eye Excellence offers discounts to Rice University students that do not have vision coverage. The Aetna student health insurance plan, provided to all students by Rice University, does not include vision coverage.

In order to verify that you are a current Rice University student, you will be asked to present your Rice Student ID at check-in. Your student ID will allow you to receive a full vision exam at a discounted price of $35.00 if you do NOT have any insurance. If you are enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan, a full vision exam will be $42.00.

For contact lens wearers; you receive 10% off the contact lens fitting fee (this varies based on the type of lenses) for students enrolled in the Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan.

When you call to make your appointment, please tell the receptionist that you are a Rice University college student.

They are conveniently located within walking distance from campus:

6624 Fannin St #2105,
Houston, TX 77030 (see map here)

Appointments may be made by calling 713-364-0192

The University of Houston Eye Institute

The University Eye Institute offers discounts for students enrolled in Houston area colleges that do not have vision coverage. In order to verify that your current insurance plan does not provide vision coverage, they will ask for all insurance details. They will then present you with a voucher. This voucher allows you to recive a full vision exam at a discounted price of $32.00. You may take their prescription to any outside optical or use their optical and receive the college discount of 30% off your purchase .

For contact lens wearers; you receive 25% off the contact lens fitting fee (this varies based on the type of lenses) and 15% off the purchase of contact lenses.

At the time the appointment is made, you should alert the University Eye Institute that you are a college student. You must present your college ID at check-in to receive the discounts offered.

Appointments may be made by calling the appointment line at 713-743-2020 or online at http://www.opt.uh.edu/patient-care/uei/appointments/

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