Eye Exams for Retirees, Their Families and All Others

Your eye exam coverage depends on which plan you're using if you are:

  • A retired service member
  • A family member of a retiree
  • Covered by retiree benefits, including Medal of Honor recipients and survivors
Your TRICARE Plan Eye Exam Coverage
  • TRICARE Prime
  • TRICARE Young Adult - Prime
Routine eye exams every two years
  • US Family Health Plan   
For routine eye exams please check with the Designated Provider located in your area
  • TRICARE Select
  • TRICARE Select Overseas
  • TRICARE Young Adult - Select
  • TRICARE For Life
Not covered
  • Children up to age six in any plan can get 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 ophthalmic services, which include an eye exam and other specialized services

TRICARE Prime Enrollees

You can get eye exams from a TRICARE-authorized optometrist or ophthalmologist.

  • Network provider (in your region): No referral needed
  • Non-network provider: If you don't have a referral from your primary care manager, you'll be using the point-of-service option

US Family Health Plan Enrollees

You can find your eye doctor online. Just choose your plan from this list:

Check with your plan to see if it offers enhanced vision benefits or discounts for lenses.


You may be eligible for vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP). If you’re eligible and want to enroll in a FEDVIP vision plan, you need to take action during a Qualifying Life Event (QLE) or during the Federal Benefits Open Season. The Federal Benefits Open Season happens every Fall. >>Learn more.

Last Updated 3/7/2023