Eye Exams

Your eye exam coverage depends on:

  • Who you are
  • Your TRICARE plan
  • Your age

You may need a referral and/or pre-authorization. >>Learn More

For full information on your eye exam coverage, visit:

The purchase of third-party vision insurance does not impact your eye exam eligibility through TRICARE.

Well-Child Eye ExamsEye exams through TRICARE’s Well-child Care benefit are routine eye exams that may be given every two years between the ages of three and six that also include screening for amblyopia (lazy eye) and strabismus (crossed eyes). These eye exams are provided by an optometrist or ophthalmologist.

TRICARE covers well-child eye exams:

  • Every two years beginning at age 3.
  • Between the ages of three and six, the exam should include screening for lazy eye and crossed eyes.
  • You can visit an optometrist or ophthalmologist.
  • There is no cost, regardless of plan.

Ophthalmic Services

TRICARE covers eye exams and other specialized services to diagnose or treat eye conditions.


This list of covered services is not all inclusive. TRICARE covers services that are medically necessaryTo be medically necessary means it is appropriate, reasonable, and adequate for your condition. and considered proven. There are special rules or limits on certain services, and some services are excluded.

Last Updated 3/20/2022