Your doctor or other health care provider may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. It’s important to ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.
Medicare.gov: the official U.S. government site for Medicare
Does Medicare Cover Eye Exams? (with Pictures)
Medicare also covers eye surgery to alleviate glaucoma, cataracts or other medical problems. If your doctor prescribed an artificial lens for cataracts, Medicare covers the cost of necessary eyeglasses or contacts; the insurance generally will also pay for an eye exam for vision problems that may indicate a serious medical condition. The coverage is good even if the doctor diagnoses a non-visual cause for the problem.
What is the Medicare coverage for eye care and eyeglasses?
A prescription order signed by your doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist) must be on file with the supplier. Suppliers must be enrolled in Medicare and must meet strict standards to qualify for a Medicare supplier number. Medicare won’t pay your claim if your supplier doesn’t have a number, even if your supplier is a large chain or department store that sells more than just durable medical equipment (DME).