Does Medicare Cover Vision Services?
Medicare: Stingy on routine eye care
As we age, we’re more likely to experience a host of vision-related issues. And, unfortunately, in many cases, Medicare won’t cover those issues. For example, if you’re having trouble seeing out of your current pair of glasses, Medicare won’t pay for you to have your eyes checked, nor will it pay for a replacement pair.
But while Medicare doesn’t cover what’s considered routine eye care, it will cover certain eye issues that are deemed medical problems. For example, Medicare Part A, which covers hospital stays, will pay for vision care related to medical emergencies or traumatic injuries. Medicare Part B, meanwhile, will typically cover cataract surgery. (Since it’s an outpatient procedure, it falls under Part B, not Part A.) Specifically, Medicare will cover the removal of the cataract, basic lens implants, and one set of prescription eyeglasses or one set of contact lenses following the surgery.
Medicare Part B will also cover an annual eye exam for diabetic retinopathy provided you’ve officially been diagnosed with diabetes. Furthermore, Part B will cover a glaucoma test once a year for those at high risk for the disease……
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