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Eye Exams for Active Duty Family Members

If you are an active duty family member or activated Guard or Reserve family member, you can get one routine eye examAn assessment of your vision and the health of your eyes performed by either an optometrist or ophthalmologist. You will get a prescription for glasses or contact lenses if you need them. A routine eye exam is more than the simple vision screening test conducted by your primary care doctor using a standard eye chart. per year.

In the U.S.

TRICARE Prime/TRICARE Prime Remote

You can get routine eye exams from any TRICARE-authorized Optometrist An optometrist is considered a “primary eye care provider.” Optometrists focus on regular vision services (eye exams, screenings, etc.) and can prescribe drugs, rehabilitation, eyeglasses and contact lenses. or Ophthalmologist An ophthalmologist is considered a “specialist” so you will need a referral and/or authorization, depending on your health plan option. Ophthalmologists provide regular vision services (like an optometrist) but they also provide medical and surgical services for your eyes..

  • Network provider: No referral needed
  • Non-network provider: If you don't have a referral from your primary care manager, you'll be using the point-of-service option

TRICARE Standard and Extra

You can get routine eye exams from any TRICARE-authorized Optometrist An optometrist is considered a “primary eye care provider.” Optometrists focus on regular vision services (eye exams, screenings, etc.) and can prescribe drugs, rehabilitation, eyeglasses and contact lenses. or Ophthalmologist An ophthalmologist is considered a “specialist” so you will need a referral and/or authorization, depending on your health plan option. Ophthalmologists provide regular vision services (like an optometrist) but they also provide medical and surgical services for your eyes.. You don't need a referral or authorization.

US Family Health Plan

You can find an eye doctor online. Just choose your plan from this list:

Overseas

TRICARE Prime Overseas

  • You should try to get your eye exam at a military hospital or clinic.
  • If you get an eye exam from a host-nation provider, you must have a referral from your primary care manager.

TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas

You can get eye exams from a host-nation Optometrist An optometrist is considered a “primary eye care provider.” Optometrists focus on regular vision services (eye exams, screenings, etc.) and can prescribe drugs, rehabilitation, eyeglasses and contact lenses. or Ophthalmologist An ophthalmologist is considered a “specialist” so you will need a referral and/or authorization, depending on your health plan option. Ophthalmologists provide regular vision services (like an optometrist) but they also provide medical and surgical services for your eyes..

  • Optometrist: You don't need a referral. But you must have authorization from International SOS
  • Ophthalmologist: You must have a referral from your primary care manager and authorization from International SOS

TRICARE Standard Overseas

You can get eye exams from any authorized host-nation Optometrist An optometrist is considered a “primary eye care provider.” Optometrists focus on regular vision services (eye exams, screenings, etc.) and can prescribe drugs, rehabilitation, eyeglasses and contact lenses. or Ophthalmologist An ophthalmologist is considered a “specialist” so you will need a referral and/or authorization, depending on your health plan option. Ophthalmologists provide regular vision services (like an optometrist) but they also provide medical and surgical services for your eyes.. You don't need a referral or authorization.

Last Updated 7/2/2014