Guide to Optical Benefits
As a member of the UFT Welfare Fund, you and your covered dependents are entitled to an eye exam plus eyeglasses or contact lenses once every two years. Starting Feb. 1, 2021, you no longer need to request an optical certificate to obtain benefits.
You can check your eligibility for benefits in one of three easy ways:
- Visit www.gvsuft.com 24/7. You will be asked for identifying information, such as your UFT ID number or part of your Social Security number.
- Download the GVS app (coming soon on iOS or Android). From the app, you can find an in-network provider, preview your benefits and access a virtual ID card.
- Call GVS's dedicated phone line for UFT members at 212-729-5395.
See more plan details and check your eligibility
If you are eligible for the optical benefit, you can make an appointment or walk in to a participating vision store (for in-network coverage) or a nonparticipating vision store of your choice (for out-of-network coverage).
You can view and download our optical brochure for more program details.
For more information on the optical benefit, please select one of the following topics: