Research about the effects of blue light from digital devices begs the question, are blue light glasses FSA eligible?
Does your employer offers a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA)? If so, you may be able to use a portion of your FSA towards a pair of blue light glasses.
How FSA and HSA Benefits Work
Flexible spending accounts and health savings account are similar. They both reduce your income tax liability for medical related expenses.
If you have an FSA or HSA, you determined how much you wanted to contribute when you opened it with your employer. Every paycheck, a small amount is taken out and put in your FSA before taxes are deducted. When you make an FSA eligible purchase, your company reimburses you with the tax-free funds you elected to set aside.
To recap – you make an FSA eligible purchase, then you submit a receipt for your company’s records, and they reimburse you for your purchase out of your FSA or HSA.
Are Blue Light Glasses FSA & HSA Eligible?
Our blue light glasses should be eligible because they’re registered with the FDA as a medical device, can be worn for medical reasons, and can be viewed as an over-the-counter vision product.
However, your company may need to pre-approve your reimbursement because they are not prescription eyeglasses. To request FSA eligibility, download this FSA Eligibility Request form and submit it to your Human Resources department or FSA plan administrator. The flyer explains why your purchase should be FSA eligible. Have them sign off on your purchase before-hand just to be safe.
How To Use Your FSA or HSA Benefits
Once approved, make purchase your glasses and save your receipt and send it to your FSA or HSA plan administrator. If you’re unsure who that is, ask someone in Human Resources who the appropriate person to send it to is.