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Depends on who you are, your TRICARE plan and your age
Your eye exam coverage depends on:
- Who you are
- Your TRICARE plan
- Your age
You may need a referral and/or prior authorization. >>Learn More
Routine Eye Exams
A Routine Eye ExamAn exam of your vision and the health of your eyes. is more than the simple vision screening test your primary care doctor may do with a standard eye chart.
- You can visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
- You’ll get a prescription for glasses if you need them.
- A prescription for contact lenses requires a separate exam
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 beneficiaries.
- For diabetic patients as needed, regardless of plan.
Note: Costs for eye exams vary based on plan.
TRICARE covers well-child eye exams:
- Every two years beginning at age 3
- Between the ages of three and six, the exam should include screening for lazy eye and crossed eyes.
- You can visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist
There is no cost for well-exams, regardless of plan.
TRICARE covers eye exams and other specialized services to diagnose or treat eye conditions.