Your eye exam coverage depends on:
- Who you are
- Your TRICARE plan
- Your age
You may need a referral or authorization before you get an eye exam. For the best information, please enter your plan info above.
Routine Eye Exams
A routine eye exam checks your vision and eye health. You can visit an optometrist for a routine eye exam.
- You’ll get a prescription for glasses if you need them
- A prescription for contact lenses requires a separate exam
- A routine eye exam is more than the simple vision screening test your primary care doctor may do with a standard eye chart
In general, TRICARE covers routine eye exams:
- As needed for active duty service members to maintain fitness for duty
- Once a year for active duty family members
- Every two years for all other TRICARE Prime beneficiaries (e.g. retired service members, their families, etc.)
- Once a year for diabetic patients in TRICARE Prime
Note: Costs for eye exams vary based on plan.
Well-Child Eye Exams
TRICARE covers well-child eye exams from an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
- Every two years
- Between the ages of three and six
- Includes screening for amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes)
- No cost for well-child exams, regardless of plan
TRICARE covers eye exams and other specialized services to diagnose or treat eye conditions.