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Patient Eligibility

  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln students
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and staff
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Hours of Service

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday through Wednesday: Closed

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Services Covered By Student Fees

  • Eye Clinic services are not covered by student fees

Maintain Excellent Visual Health with an Annual Eye Exam

As a student, you are used to reading books, working on computers or laptops and viewing white boards from across the classroom. Any of these activities may strain your eyes. This is why it’s important for all students to have an eye exam once a year. Let the University Health Center help you maintain your visual health!

The University Health Center eye clinic provides complete eye exams for UNL students, faculty and staff. Our optometrist also sees students with contact-lens-related red eyes, conjunctivitis, styes, dry eyes, eye injuries, retina concerns related to diabetes and hypertension, eye inflammation caused by rheumatologic disorders and more.

Contact lenses are available on-site at the eye clinic and can be ordered. Our staff are experts at providing personalized fittings to help you select the right contact lenses for you. We do not offer glasses lenses at this time.


The optometrist is available Thursdays by appointment only for UNL students, faculty and staff. A doctor’s referral is not required. Call 402-472-5000 to schedule.


Eye clinic visits are considered specialty appointments and are not covered by student fees. There are charges for each visit. To determine how much your visit will cost, we recommend contacting your health insurance provider for coverage information. Patients are responsible for any charges not covered by insurance.

Learn more about cost and insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during a routine eye exam?

The exam will begin with a complete health history. Next, the optometrist will examine your eyes for any diseases or defects and assess your ability to see clearly from long and short distances. You may also be examined for eye coordination, color vision, depth perception, refractive error and field of vision. Your exam results will determine if the optometrist will prescribe corrective lenses or medication.

How often should I have my eyes checked?

If you wear contact lenses, it is recommended you have an eye exam annually. If you are under the age of 35 and do not wear contact lenses, it is recommended you have an eye exam every two years. Those 35 and older should have an exam annually because age makes you more likely to experience changes in vision and focus.

How can I get a prescription for eye wear filled?

Contact lens prescriptions can be filled at the health center. Staff can help connect you to community resources that fill glasses prescriptions.