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Eye Exams for Active Duty Service Members

Active duty service members (including activated Guard-Reserve members) can get a routine eye examAn assessment of your vision and the health of your eyes performed by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist. You will get a prescription for glasses if you need them. A routine eye exam is more than the simple vision screening test conducted by your primary care doctor using a standard eye chart. as you need to maintain fitness for duty.

TRICARE Prime

  • You'll get your eye exams at your military hospital or clinic.
  • If you get a referral to a civilian provider, you can visit a network optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • Give a copy of your eye exams results to your primary care manager to update your medical record

TRICARE Prime Remote

  • You can get your eye exams from any network optometrist or ophthalmologist
    • Network optometrist: No referral needed
    • Network ophthalmologist: Get a referral from your primary care manager and authorization from your regional contrator
  • If a network provider isn't available:
    • You can visit a non-network provider with approval from your regional contractor
    • Give a copy of your eye exams results to your primary care manager to update your medical record

TRICARE Prime Overseas

  • You'll get your eye exams from a military hospital or clinic.
  • If you get a referral from your primary care manager, you can visit an overseas host-nation provider.
  • If you visit a host-nation provider without a referral, you're responsible for the entire cost.

TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas

  • Your regional call center can help you get your annual eye exam with any host-nation optometrist or ophthalmologist. They will also help get an authorization for you, if you need one.

Last Updated 4/13/2015

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