Eye Exams for Retirees, Their Families and All Others
Retired service members, their family members and all others covered by retiree benefits (e.g. Medal of Honor recipients, suvivors, etc.) do not qualify for annual routine eye exams like active duty service members and their families.
Coverage if Enrolled in TRICARE Prime or the US Family Health Plan
When enrolled in TRICARE Prime or the US Family Health Plan, you are covered for 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 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. every two years.
You can receive routine eye exams from a TRICARE-authorized optometristA medical professional, but not a physician who went to medical school. They focus on regular vision services (eye exams, screenings, etc.) and prescribe eyeglasses and contact lenses. or ophthalmologistA physician who went to medical school followed by an internship and residency. Like optometrists, they provide regular vision services, but ophthalmologists also provide medical and surgical services for your eyes..
- You can visit a TRICARE network provider without a referral from your primary care manager (PCM).
- To visit a TRICARE non-network provider, you must have a referral from your PCM or the claim will be denied.
US Family Health Plan
Select your US Family Health Plan from the list below and go to the online provider directory to find an eye doctor:
Each designated provider also offers is own set of enhanced benefits. Check with your plan to see if it offers enhanced vision benefits or discounts for corrective lenses.