Eye Exams

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 An optometrist is an eye care provider. They focus on regular vision services such as eye exams and screenings. They may prescribe drugs, rehabilitation, eyeglasses, and contact lenses. You won’t need a referral or authorization. or Ophthalmologist An ophthalmologist is an eye specialist. They provide regular vision services like an optometrist. But they also provide medical and surgical services for your eyes. You will need a referral and/or authorization, depending on your plan. for a routine eye exam.

  • You’ll get a prescription for glasses or contacts if you need them
  • 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 at no cost ($0):

  • 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

Well-Child Eye Exams

TRICARE covers well-child eye exams from an Optometrist An optometrist is an eye care provider. They focus on regular vision services such as eye exams and screenings. They may prescribe drugs, rehabilitation, eyeglasses, and contact lenses. You won’t need a referral or authorization. or Ophthalmologist An ophthalmologist is an eye specialist. They provide regular vision services like an optometrist. But they also provide medical and surgical services for your eyes. You will need a referral and/or authorization, depending on your plan..

  • 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

Ophthalmic Services

TRICARE covers eye exams and other specialized services to diagnose or treat eye conditions.

Last Updated 8/4/2014