Does Original Medicare Cover Vision Care? If so, What Kind? Routine eye care services, such as regular eye exams, are excluded from Medicare coverage. However, Medicare does cover certain eye care services if you have a chronic eye condition, such as cataracts or glaucoma. Medicare covers:

  •  Surgical procedures to help repair the function of the eye due to chronic eye conditions. For example, Medicare will cover surgery to remove a cataract and replace your eye’s lens with a fabricated intraocular lens.
  •  Eyeglasses or contacts if you had an intraocular lens placed in your eye after cataract surgery. In this case, Medicare will cover a standard pair of untinted prescription eyeglasses or contacts if you need them. If it is medically necessary, Medicare may pay for customized eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  •  An eye exam to diagnose potential vision problems. If you are having vision problems that may indicate a serious eye condition, Medicare will cover an eye exam. Your exam is covered even if it turns out you do not have a vision problem.

 Medicare also covers diagnosis and treatment for injuries to the eyes and non-chronic conditions, such as a detached retina.

 Medicare only covers routine eye care in the following circumstances:

  •  If you have diabetes, Medicare covers an annual eye exam by a state-authorized eye doctor to check for diabetes-related vision problems.
  •  If you are at high risk for glaucoma, Medicare covers an annual eye exam by a state-authorized doctor. You are considered by Medicare to be at high risk if you:
    •  Have diabetes
    •  Have a family history of glaucoma
    •  Are African American and age 50+
    •  Or, are Hispanic American and age 65+

Read More: Does Original Medicare Cover Dental Care? If so, What Kind?
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Return to: Medicare Advantage

Does Original Medicare Cover Vision Care? If so, What Kind? Routine eye care services, such as regular eye exams, are excluded from Medicare coverage. However, Medicare does cover certain eye care services if you have a chronic eye condition, such as cataracts or glaucoma. Medicare covers:

  •  Surgical procedures to help repair the function of the eye due to chronic eye conditions. For example, Medicare will cover surgery to remove a cataract and replace your eye’s lens with a fabricated intraocular lens.
  •  Eyeglasses or contacts if you had an intraocular lens placed in your eye after cataract surgery. In this case, Medicare will cover a standard pair of untinted prescription eyeglasses or contacts if you need them. If it is medically necessary, Medicare may pay for customized eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  •  An eye exam to diagnose potential vision problems. If you are having vision problems that may indicate a serious eye condition, Medicare will cover an eye exam. Your exam is covered even if it turns out you do not have a vision problem.

 Medicare also covers diagnosis and treatment for injuries to the eyes and non-chronic conditions, such as a detached retina.

 Medicare only covers routine eye care in the following circumstances:

  •  If you have diabetes, Medicare covers an annual eye exam by a state-authorized eye doctor to check for diabetes-related vision problems.
  •  If you are at high risk for glaucoma, Medicare covers an annual eye exam by a state-authorized doctor. You are considered by Medicare to be at high risk if you:
    •  Have diabetes
    •  Have a family history of glaucoma
    •  Are African American and age 50+
    •  Or, are Hispanic American and age 65+

Read More: Does Original Medicare Cover Dental Care? If so, What Kind?
Learn About: Are There Specific Questions I Should Ask About Supplemental Benefits?
Return to: Medicare Advantage

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