Does UnitedHealthcare Medicare Cover Vision?

At a glance

  • $0 premium plans available in some areas
  • Many plans offer prescription drug coverage and vision and dental benefits
  • Over 6.3 million people are enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage Plan1

Certain UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans may offer coverage for vision services, which can include coverage for routine vision care, glasses or contacts.

The vision coverage available to you will depend on which UnitedHealthcare Medicare plan you choose.

Does UnitedHealthcare Medicare Cover Glasses?

UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plans that offer vision benefits can help cover some of the vision care that Original Medicare doesn’t cover.

Each plan also differs slightly in its cost and coverage. Some UnitedHealthcare Medicare plans may cover routine vision services such as eye exams in full.

Some of the vision benefits that may be offered can include:

  • Corrective glasses lenses
  • Frames
  • Contact lenses
  • Glaucoma screenings
  • Annual diabetic retinal examinations

Each plan will include its own terms and conditions regarding glasses, contact lenses and other services, as well as the costs associated with approved vision care.

Does Medicare Cover Vision Tests?

With Original Medicare, an introductory, one-time vision test is included in your “Welcome to Medicare” preventive care visit when you get Medicare Part B coverage. Additional yearly visions tests are not covered. Medicare Part B covers some preventive or diagnostic eye exams.

What Providers Accept UnitedHealthcare Vision Insurance?

The UnitedHealthcare provider network includes more than 1.3 million doctors and other health care professionals and 6,500 hospitals and health care facilities nationwide. When it comes to UnitedHealthcare vision care providers, UHC Medicare plan members have access to local private practices and large retail chains like Walmart, Costco, Visionworks, Target Optical and more. 

In fact, UnitedHealthcare recently expanded its network of online and in-store vision providers to include LensCrafters, 1-800 Contacts and GlassesUSA. The UHC network now includes 96% of the nation’s top retailers, and 99% of UHC plan members in major markets have access to a network provider within two miles of their home.2

You can use the provider search tool at to search for eye doctors, ophthalmologists and other health care providers near you. You can also search for eye doctors near you by logging into your myuhc online account or by using the UnitedHealthcare app. 

You may sometimes see UnitedHealthcare vision care provider networks referred to us as Spectera Eyecare Networks. 

UnitedHealthcare Vision Insurance Customer Reviews

UnitedHealthcare vision insurance beneficiaries are overall happy with their experience.

  • UnitedHealthcare Vision ranked the highest in customer satisfaction in the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Vision Plan Satisfaction Report. UnitedHealthcare scored 825 out of 1,000, far outperforming the industry average of 769.3

  • UnitedHealthcare is rated 3.5 out of five stars by Consumer Affairs.4

Find a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Plan With Vision Coverage

Because Original Medicare does not provide vision coverage, Medicare beneficiaries may want to consider joining a UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage plan that offers vision coverage.

To learn about the vision coverage included in any UnitedHealthcare Medicare plans that are available in your area, speak with a licensed insurance agent by calling TTY Users: 711 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


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