Optometry services available for UCSC faculty and staff at the Student Health Center

Optometry Services Available for UCSC Faculty and Staff at the Student Health Center

The UCSC Student Health Services is happy to announce that Optometry Services are available to UCSC faculty and staff at the Student Health Center starting immediately.

In 2013-2014, UCSC Student Health Services collaborated with the UC Berkeley School of Optometry to provide optometry services to UCSC students.  We have recently expanded the service to include UCSC faculty and staff and can take the VSP vision insurance.  A UCB faculty optometrist and senior UCB optometry interns are available by appointment on Mondays 8:30a-4:30p and Tuesdays 9:30a-4:30p. We are closed for lunch from 12p-1p.

Outside prescriptions for glasses and contacts are welcome – orders can be placed for you.

To make an optometry appointment, please call the Student Health Insurance Office at 831-459-5142. Payment is required on the day of service.

Please note the following:

  • For medical eye related conditions (i.e. pink eye, or chronic medical eye conditions such as glaucoma, etc.), faculty and staff will be referred out to the appropriate providers or urgent care as needed
  • Services are for faculty and staff only, not dependents
  • We encourage faculty and staff to schedule optometry services during summer and quarter breaks.  During the academic year, students will get first choice of appointments

Please see the UCSC Student Health Services Website for more information.


Tips For Your Next Optometry Visit

1. If you wear contact lenses, please wear your contact lenses to your appointment and bring your contact lens boxes or previous prescription if possible.

2. Bring your prescription eyeglasses to your appointment and previous prescription if possible.

3. If you scheduled an annual eye exam, plan to have your eyes dilated. A dilation allows the optometrist to better assess the health of the back of your eye. After the dilation, you will not be able to read clearly and you'll be sensitive to light. Your eyes will return to normal in approximately 4 to 6 hours. Please bring sunglasses and do not plan to drive until your eyes return to normal.