Does Medicare cover vision?


Quick Answer

Medicare covers vision in some circumstances, as of 2014. The scope and type of coverage depends on whether the patient has Medicare Part A, Part B or Part C.

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Full Answer

Medicare Part A is hospital insurance and only covers vision when the condition is considered a medical issue, such as an emergency or traumatic injury that requires admission to a hospital. Routine vision exams and eye refractions are not covered, and beneficiaries must pay the full cost.

Medicare Part B is medical insurance that covers yearly glaucoma screenings for high-risk individuals, cataract surgery, the artificial lenses and vision correction products associated with the surgery, and treatment for macular degeneration.

Medicare Part C is offered by private insurers and offers the same or similar benefits as Medicare, plus routine vision, dental and drug benefits.

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