Eye Exams for Guard/Reserve Members and Their Families
Your coverage for eye exams depends mostly on the sponsor's military status and what plan you're using (if applicable).
On Military Duty for 30 Days or Less
You are considered on military duty for less than 30 days (or not activated), when you are on inactive duty for training, annual training, and otherwise on active service for 30 days or less. In this non-activated status:
- You may qualify for line of duty care, or
- You may qualify to purchase TRICARE Reserve Select. If so, you and your family qualify for routine eye exam per year.
If you are called or ordered to active service for more than 30 consecutive days:
When you leave active duty, you may qualify for extended coverage for 180 days under the Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP). If not, you may qualify to purchase TRICARE Reserve Select.
- If you qualify for TAMP, you may be eligible for a routine eye exam (if not already recieved in the past year)
- If you purchase TRICARE Reserve Select, you and your family qualify for routine eye exam per year.
When retired, you and your family will not usually be eligible for eye exams.
- Eye exams are not covered under TRICARE Retired Reserve
- When you reach age 60, you have the same coverage as retired service members.