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Routine vision

Original Medicare does not cover routine eye exams for eyeglasses or contact lenses. You are responsible for all costs associated with the exams, glasses or contacts.

Some Medicare Advantage plans include coverage for routine vision.

Does Medicare cover any vision?

While Original Medicare does not cover routine vision exams, glasses or contact lenses, Medicare Part B does cover certain tests and treatments for serious eye conditions. 

Vision care that Medicare Part B covers:
  • Eye exams for people with diabetes.
  • Glaucoma tests for people at high risk.
  • ​Macular degeneration tests and treatment.

These exams are generally allowed once per year under Medicare Part B if you qualify.

Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you have these exams or related services more than once a year. If that’s the case, you may be responsible for some or all of the costs out of your own pocket.
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