Eye Surgery and Treatment

TRICARE covers many eye surgeries and treatments. Generally, this includes services and supplies needed to diagnose and treat an eye illness or injury. 

Eye Condition  Covered Service/Treatment 
Astigmatism following a corneal transplant Relaxing keratotomy 
Choroidal melanoma
Transpupillary thermotherapy with Plaque Radiotherapy
Corneal dystrophies  Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) 
Corneal disease or injury Corneal transplant (keratoplasty)
Glaucoma (that can't be controlled with drugs) ExPRESS Mini glaucoma shunt to reduce intraocular pressure 
Intrastromal Corneal Ring Segments (if glasses or lenses aren't working and a corneal transplant is your only other option)
Loss of human lens function resulting from intraocular surgery, ocular injury, or congenital absence  Standard fixed non-accommodating monofocal intraocular lenses 
Transpupillary thermotherapy with chemotherapy 
Retinal astrocytic haamartoma in tuberous sclerosis  Photodynamic therapy with Visudyne (off-label use)
Strabismus  Surgical procedures and eye exams 

TRICARE doesn't cover:

  • Refractive corneal surgery
  • Orthokeratology
  • Orthoptics, also known as visual training, vision therapy, eye exercises, or eye therapy
  • Epikeratophakia for treatment of aphakia and myopia
  • Intraocular lenses for correcting astigmatism and presbyopia. This includes any adjustments, subsequent treatment, services or supplies needed due to the lens surgery.
  • Canaloplasty for the treatment of glaucoma
  • Autologous serum eye drops for dry eyes, keratitis or ocular hypertension
Did you know?

Some military hospitals and clinics may offer vision procedures that aren't covered by TRICARE. Contact a military hospital or clinic near you to see what programs are offered.


This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 3/20/2022