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Medicare and Lasik Eye Surgery

Mike Olmos by Mike Olmos | Licensed since 2010
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This article was updated on: 07/27/2015

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If you’re a Medicare beneficiary hoping to improve your vision with laser eye surgery, Medicare doesn’t cover this procedure.

Original Medicare, Part A and Part B, doesn’t cover routine eye or vision care. Medicare Part A and Part B do cover the costs of certain medical eye conditions if they require hospitalization or emergency care.

Original Medicare also covers eye doctor visits and treatments to improve or cure some chronic eye conditions. Two examples are glaucoma and cataracts, but this is not an all-inclusive list, and of course your Medicare-participating doctor must consider the treatment medically necessary. Lasik (laser in-situ keratomileusis) eye surgery, a laser vision correction treatment that reshapes the cornea, is not considered medically necessary, and therefore it is not covered.

Medicare Advantage plans are required to cover services that are covered by Original Medicare. Many also include enhanced benefits, which may include covering routine vision care. I’ll be glad to explore the private Medicare insurance plan options with you. You’re welcome to check out my profile by clicking the “View profile” link below. You can schedule a phone call with me, or have me email you information based on your needs. To look through some choices on your own, you can click the Compare Plans buttons on this page. If you want assistance right away, you can call 1-844-847-2659; you can ask for me by name if you like. If you’re a TTY user, just call 711. Reach Medicare.com’s licensed insurance agents by phone Monday through Friday, 8AM to 8PM ET.

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