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|
||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
- 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
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