Glasses and Contacts
Your coverage for glasses or contacts depends on who you are. Please see the appropriate section to see your coverage.
Active Duty Service Members and ActivatedClick to closeCalled or ordered to active duty service for more than 30 days in a row. Guard/Reserve Members
You can get glasses from the optometry clinic at your military hospital or clinic.
- One standard issue pair of glasses
- One standard issue pair of sunglasses
- One pair of glasses of your choice. You can choose from many frames and colors
If you don’t live near a military hospital or clinic, you can order your glasses from the Navy Ophthalmic Support Training Activity Command.
Non-Activated Guard/Reserve Members
Your unit will order your glasses from the Navy Ophthalmic Support Training Activity Command.
- If you get called to active duty, you’ll get glasses like an active duty service member. See above.
Retired Service Members
All Other Beneficiaries
TRICARE only covers glasses and contacts to treat certain conditions. This includes:
- Infantile glaucoma
- Corneal or scleral lenses for treatment of keratoconus
- Scleral lenses to retain moisture when normal tearing is not present or is inadequate
- Corneal or scleral lenses to reduce corneal irregularities other than astigmatism
- Intraocular lenses, contact lenses, or glasses for loss of human lens function resulting from intraocular surgery, ocular injury or congenital absence
- "Pinhole" glasses prescribed for use after surgery for detached retina
TRICARE doesn't cover adjustments, cleaning, and repairs for glasses.
You may have the option to enroll in vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). For more information, visit https://tricare.mil/FEDVIP.
Each US Family Health Plan offers its own set of enhanced benefits. Check with your plan to see if it offers enhanced vision benefits, discounts on hearing aids, or discounts for corrective lenses or other added benefit programs.
Last Updated 9/3/2019