Will Medicare Cover Prescription Sunglasses?Posted by Medicare Made Clear
Original Medicare (Parts A & B) will not help pay for prescription sunglasses, or eyeglasses in general. However, eyeglasses or other corrective lenses may be covered in cases where they are deemed “medically necessary,” such as after cataract surgery.
Medicare Advantage plans may cover prescription sunglasses
Medicare Advantage plans (Part C) may offer vision coverage that can be applied to prescription sunglasses, as well as to prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Plan vision benefits usually cover routine eye exams, as well.
If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, check your plan details to see if prescription sunglasses are covered. You may also get information by calling the number on the back of your plan ID card to talk to a plan representative.
Extra benefits offered by many Medicare Advantage plans
Vision coverage is just one of the extra benefits that Medicare Advantage plans may provide beyond what you get with Original Medicare. Plans may also include prescription drug coverage and offer dental coverage, as well as hearing care, gym memberships and more.
Medicare Advantage plans are a different way to get your Medicare benefits. With Original Medicare, your benefits are administered by the federal government. With a Medicare Advantage plan, your benefits are administered by the plan, under a contract with Medicare.
Medicare Advantage plans are approved by Medicare and offered in defined geographic service areas. While every plan is required to provide all the coverage that Original Medicare does, each specific plan sets its own terms beyond that. You need to check with the plans offered where you live to get details about coverage and costs.
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