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Hours of Service

Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Friday through Wednesday

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Patient Eligibility

  • University of Nebraska students from all campuses
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Services Covered By Student Fees

  • Eye Clinic services are not covered by student fees

We help you see clearly and protect your vision

  • Comprehensive eye examinations: We evaluate your internal and external eye health, check for glaucoma, cataracts and eye problems associated with common health concerns
  • Eye disease, infection and injury treatment: We examine and manage treatment for cataracts, dry eyes, glaucoma, red eyes caused by contact lens, retina concerns related to diabetes and hypertension, eye inflammation caused by rheumatologic disorders and other common eye infections and injuries
  • Contact lenses, fitting and follow-up care: We provide personalized fittings and help you find the contacts best suited for your eyes. Trials of contact lenses can be ordered as needed
  • Glasses and eyewear referrals: Although the University Health Center does not have an optical shop, we can order a supply of lenses or connect you to local resources where you can purchase glasses and other eyewear


Appointments are required. Call 402-472-5000 to schedule an appointment. A doctor’s referral is not required for care.

A no-show is when a patient misses their scheduled appointment without informing the clinic of their cancellation. Only one no-show is allowed for specialty care services (i.e. orthopaedics, optometry, concussion clinic, dermatology and nutrition services). If a patient fails to show up to a scheduled appointment more than once, they will no longer be able to schedule with any specialists at the University Health Center. 


  • All visits have a charge. Eye Clinic charges are not covered by student fees but can be submitted to private insurance plans.
  • 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 billing and insurance.

Save 35% on laser vision correction

As a part of Nebraska Medicine, the University Health Center can provide exclusive offers to our campus community. Our partners at the Nebraska Medicine Truhlsen Eye Institute offer a 35% discount on select laser vision correction procedures to all UNMC and UNL students, faculty and staff.

Free screenings are available by appointment at the Truhlsen Eye Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. During your visit, eligibility for laser vision correction (LASIK, PRK or SMILE) will be assessed. Call 402.559.2020 to schedule your appointment.

Laser vision correction is considered an elective surgery and is not covered by medical insurance, however, health savings or flexible spending accounts may be used to cover the cost. Payment plans are also available.

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.