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#1 2019-01-08 00:33:10

Mike Demiurge
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Glaucoma, surgery and Medicare

I heard that surgeries for Glaucoma and cataracts are covered by Medicare but simple eye exams are not.  Is this true?

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#2 2019-02-01 15:05:49

Harold Bates
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Re: Glaucoma, surgery and Medicare

Simple eye exams are not covered by Medicare.  A person with a Medigap plan will have to purchase a separate vision plan to cover most eye exams. Glaucoma surgery is covered because it is considered medically necessary to operate.  Medicare part A and Part B with a Medicare supplement plan F will cover the entire surgery. If you have a Medicare advantage plan you will have to check the deductible but it most likely cover Glaucoma surgery.  Same thing with Cataracts.

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#3 2019-02-19 00:59:38

Tom Abrams
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Re: Glaucoma, surgery and Medicare

Glaucoma and cataract surgery are covered by Medicare and most Medicare advantage plans like Blue Cross and Aetna.  They are medically necessary procedures so original Medicare will cover them.  Medigap plans always fill in the gaps Medicare doesn't cover.

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#4 2019-02-21 00:39:38

Nancy Spivey
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Re: Glaucoma, surgery and Medicare

Medicare does cover certain eye care services if a person has a chronic eye condition such as Glaucoma and cataracts.  Medicare may also pay for customized eyeglasses or contact lenses if it is deemed medically necessary.  However, Medicare typically does not cover routine eye exams.

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