Does Medicare Cover LASIK Eye Surgery?

No, Original Medicare does not cover LASIK eye surgery. Some Medicare Advantage plans (Medicare Part C) may include routine vision coverage, but LASIK eye surgery may not be included in those benefits.

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Medicare Advantage plans may cover LASIK and other vision care

Medicare Advantage is a privately-sold alternative to Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B) that combines the same hospital and medical benefits into one plan.

Many Medicare Advantage plans may provide additional benefits, including vision care.

A Medicare Advantage plan that offers vision benefits may cover routine vision care, such as:

  • Corrective glasses lenses
  • Frames
  • Contact lenses
  • Routine eye exams

You are likely eligible for Medicare Advantage if you’re enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B and live in a Medicare Advantage plan’s service area.

Not all Medicare Advantage plans offer vision benefits, and the vision benefits included in your plan may not include coverage for LASIK surgery. Check with your Medicare Advantage plan provider for more information.

Original Medicare may cover some medically necessary vision care

Although Original Medicare does not cover routine vision care, it may cover some vision care that is considered medically necessary, such as:

  • Cataract surgery, if ordered by a doctor
  • An annual vision exam, if you have diabetes
  • Eyeglasses or contacts, if you’ve had cataracts surgery
  • An annual vision exam, if you are at high risk of glaucoma

If you require any of the above vision care, speak with your doctor to find out if Medicare will help cover some of the costs.

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, it will cover the same eligible services listed above if they are qualified to be covered by Medicare Part A or Part B.

Sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan

If you decide you want a Medicare Advantage plan, a licensed insurance agent can help you compare Medicare Advantage plans in your area that may include the vision benefits you need.

Speak with a licensed insurance agent and enroll in a plan over the phone by calling TTY Users: 711 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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