Does Medicare Cover Glasses?

As we age, our vision tends to deteriorate. By age 65, close to 75% of all people require some kind of vision correction. However, Original Medicare typically does not cover eye exams or glasses.

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There are certain situations in which Medicare beneficiaries may receive coverage for glasses or eye exams. Still, they must first meet specific criteria and receive approval through prior authorization. Below, we review these instances and how to receive additional coverage for routine eye exams and glasses.

Does Medicare Cover Glasses and Eye Exams?

Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B) does not typically provide coverage for glasses or routine eye exams. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) does not deem these services medically necessary.

There are few circumstances where Original Medicare will cover glasses, contact lenses, or eye exams. However, do not count on Original Medicare for ordinary vision coverage.

Do Medicare Supplement Plans Cover Glasses?

Medicare Supplement plans do not offer coverage for glasses or eye exams. Medicare Supplement plans only provide coverage for the remaining balance after Original Medicare pays its share. Because Original Medicare does not cover these services, neither do Medicare Supplement plans.

If you enroll in a Medicare Supplement plan, you are not out of coverage options when it comes to glasses and eye exams. Stand-alone vision plans available that offer coverage for glasses, eye exams, and more may be available in your area. Stand-alone plans may also offer coverage for additional services like hearing aids and dental care.


Does Medicare Part A cover glasses?
No. Medicare Part A covers inpatient hospital, hospice, and home health care services. Medicare Part B only covers glasses if you receive cataract surgery.
How much do glasses cost with Medicare?
If you only have Original Medicare, you will be responsible for 100% of the cost of glasses. 
What kind of glasses will Medicare cover?
If you recently had cataract surgery, Medicare will cover a basic pair of glasses or contacts. If you add any upgrades to the lenses or frames, you will be responsible for 100% of this cost.

How to Get Help with Medicare Coverage for Glasses

If you are seeking coverage for glasses and eye exams but are not sure where to begin, we can help. At MedicareFAQ, our licensed insurance agents can help you find a plan that provides coverage that meets your healthcare needs. We can compare plans available in your area to find one that works for you.

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Kayla Hopkins

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Kayla Hopkins is an accomplished writer and Medicare enthusiast serving as the Editor of Upon completing her Communications degree from Ohio University, Kayla dedicated her time to understanding the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare. With her extensive background as a Licensed Insurance Agent, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her writing.


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