Macular degeneration tests & treatment

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)

 may cover certain diagnostic tests and treatment (including treatment with certain injected drugs) of eye diseases and conditions if you have age-related macular degeneration.

Your costs in Original Medicare

  • After you meet the Part B deductible [glossary] , you pay 20% of the Medicare-Approved Amount for the drug and your doctor’s services.
  • In a hospital outpatient setting , you also pay a separate facility copayment .


To find out how much your test, item, or service will cost, talk to your doctor or health care provider. The specific amount you’ll owe may depend on several things, like:

  • Other insurance you may have
  • How much your doctor charges
  • If your doctor accepts assignment
  • The type of facility
  • Where you get your test, item, or service


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. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and if, or how much, Medicare will pay for them.