Does Medicare provide dental and vision coverage?

Original Medicare (Parts A & B) provides some dental and vision coverage, but only in limited situations. If you need dental and vision coverage, you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes these benefits.

Dental

Original Medicare covers limited dental care. It does not cover procedures such as cleaning, fillings, extractions, dentures, and other services.

However, Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) will cover some dental services if they are performed in a hospital.

"Part A can pay for inpatient hospital care if you need to have emergency or complicated dental procedures, even though the dental care isn’t covered," according to Medicare.gov.1

If you need dental coverage for routine services, you may want to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes that benefit.

Vision

Original Medicare also covers limited vision care. It does not cover routine eye exams for contact lenses or glasses.

However, Medicare Part B (medical insurance) will cover some preventive or diagnostic eye exams, including glaucoma tests, yearly eye exams to test for diabetic retinopathy, and eye tests for macular degeneration, according to Medicare.gov.2

If you need vision coverage for routine services, you may want enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes that benefit.