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?
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?
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.
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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