Are vision benefits part of my plan?
Who is this for?
If you’re shopping for a Medicare plan or need to find out if your current plan covers eye care, this information is for you.
Whether you have vision benefits depends on what type of Medicare plan you have.
- Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) is run by the U.S. government. It does not cover routine eye exams, glasses or contacts. Medicare Part B covers some eye care related to diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration, as well as corrective lenses after cataract surgery. Otherwise, you will pay for routine eye exams, glasses and contacts out of your own pocket with Original Medicare.
- Private health insurance companies offer Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans that include everything Original Medicare offers, plus extra benefits. They may include eye care. Your vision benefits will depend on what type of Medicare Advantage plan you have.
Most of our BCN Advantage plans include routine eye exams. Our HMO-POS Prestige and HMO-POS Classic plans also cover eyeglass frames, lenses and contacts. With most BCN Advantage plans, you have the option to buy an optional supplemental plan that includes frames, lenses and contacts. It also includes dental and hearing benefits. Learn more about how to get extra dental, vision and hearing coverage in our Help Center.
Medicare Plus BlueSM
All of our Medicare Plus Blue plans cover routine eye exams. Our PPO Assure, PPO Signature and PPO Vitality plans also cover eyeglass frames, lenses and contacts. We don’t offer additional coverage that includes corrective eyewear with our PPO Essential plan.