Eye Surgery and Treatment
|Covered by TRICARE?||Limits|
||Not all eye surgeries are covered
TRICARE covers many eye surgeries and treatments. Generally, this includes services and supplies needed to diagnose and treat an eye illness or injury.
|Astigmatism following a corneal transplant
|Transpupillary thermotherapy with Plaque Radiotherapy
||Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK)
|Corneal disease or injury
||Corneal transplant (keratoplasty)
|Glaucoma (that can't be controlled with drugs)
||ExPRESS Mini glaucoma shunt to reduce intraocular pressure
|Intrastromal Corneal Ring Segments (if glasses or lenses aren't working and a corneal transplant is your only other option)
|Loss of human lens function resulting from intraocular surgery, ocular injury, or congenital absence
||Standard fixed non-accommodating monofocal intraocular lenses
|Transpupillary thermotherapy with chemotherapy
|Retinal astrocytic haamartoma in tuberous sclerosis
||Photodynamic therapy with Visudyne (off-label use)
||Surgical procedures and eye exams
TRICARE doesn't cover:
- Refractive corneal surgery
- Orthoptics, also known as visual training, vision therapy, eye exercises, or eye therapy
- Epikeratophakia for treatment of aphakia and myopia
- Intraocular lenses for correcting astigmatism and presbyopia. This includes any adjustments, subsequent treatment, services or supplies needed due to the lens surgery.
- Canaloplasty for the treatment of glaucoma
- Autologous serum eye drops for dry eyes, keratitis or ocular hypertension
Did you know?
Some military hospitals and clinics may offer vision procedures that are not covered by TRICARE. Contact a military hospital or clinic near you to see what programs are offered.