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Eye Exams for Active Duty Service Members

Active duty service members (including activated Guard-Reserve members) can get a 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 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. as you need to maintain fitness for duty.

TRICARE Prime

  • You'll get your eye exams at your military hospital or clinic.
  • If you get a referral to a civilian provider, you can visit a network optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • Give a copy of your eye exams results to your primary care manager to update your medical record

TRICARE Prime Remote

  • You can get your eye exams from any network optometrist or ophthalmologist
    • Network optometrist: No referral needed
    • Network ophthalmologist: Get a referral from your primary care manager and authorization from your regional contrator
  • If a network provider isn't available:
    • You can visit a non-network provider with approval from your regional contractor
    • Give a copy of your eye exams results to your primary care manager to update your medical record

TRICARE Prime Overseas

  • You'll get your eye exams from a military hospital or clinic.
  • If you get a referral from your primary care manager, you can visit an overseas provider.
  • If you visit an overseas provider without a referral, you're responsible for the entire cost.

TRICARE Prime Remote Overseas

  • Your regional call center can help you get your annual eye exam with any overseas optometrist or ophthalmologist. They will also help get an authorization for you, if you need one.

Last Updated 8/21/2015