Eyeglasses & contact lenses
Medicare doesn’t usually cover eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) helps pay for corrective lenses if you have cataract surgery that implants an intraocular lens. Corrective lenses include one pair of eyeglasses with standard frames or one set of contact lenses.
Your costs in Original Medicare
You pay 100% for non-covered services, including most eyeglasses or contact lenses. After you meet the Part B deductible , you pay 20% of the Medicare-Approved Amount for corrective lenses after each cataract surgery with an intraocular lens. You pay any additional costs for upgraded frames. Medicare will only pay for contact lenses or eyeglasses from a supplier enrolled in Medicare, no matter if you or your supplier submits the claim.
Things to know
Medicare covers cataract surgery if it’s done using traditional surgical techniques or using lasers.