You have set aside money in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) for the start of the year, but you aren’t sure the best way to spend your hard-earned money to optimize your health and wellness. Here are a few unexpected ideas to inspire you.

Have you loaded up your FSA for the New Year? Maybe you were able to carry some of last year’s money over or have a grace period to use any remaining funds from the previous year. Check with your HR department to find out the exact details of your particular company’s FSA plan before getting to the fun part — figuring out how you’re going to spend it.

LASIK.

If you wear contacts or glasses, chances are you’ve been buying them with your FSA funds for years. But did you know your FSA account also covers LASIK surgery? The laser eye surgery can fix nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Full Body Scan.

If you’ve been thinking about a full body scan to check your body for signs of cancer or heart or lung damage, now is the time to do it.

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Transportation to Your Doctor’s Appointment.

You can reimburse yourself at the standard rate of 19¢ per mile for your drive to and from your doctor’s appointment, per the IRS. Any tolls and parking expenses also qualify, as do taxi fares and train or bus tickets.

Weight-Loss Programs.

A membership to a weight-loss program may be deductible if your doctor has advised you to lose weight as part of your treatment for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, or another specific disease or condition that is related to your weight. Why wait until January to get started on that diet?

Elective Surgery.

Though most cosmetic surgeries aren’t covered by your FSA account, some elective surgeries are, if they “meaningfully promote the proper function of the body” according to the IRS. So this might be the time to get that surgery to improve urinary incontinence you’ve been considering.

Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care.

Whether you’re a devotee or curious about trying it, these alternative care treatments are eligible for FSA funds.

If you are in the Los Angeles area and are looking for exceptional care from some of the top physicians in the world, be sure to schedule an appointment by calling (800) USC-CARE (800-872-2273) or by visiting keckmedicine.org/request-an-appointment.