Medicare Vision Coverage



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Vision Coverage With Empire Medicare Plans

If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you may already have vision care that includes eye exams and eyewear. Many of these plans also have dental coverage, and some have an option to increase both dental and vision benefits for a fee.  

If you only have Original Medicare, it doesn’t cover vision exams or eye care, except in certain circumstances. For example, Part B will partially cover your eye exams if you’re at higher risk for eye complications such as glaucoma or macular degeneration. Medicare can also cover medically necessary surgery, such as cataract removal.

Learn more about Original Medicare and vision coverage.   

Anthem Extras Vision Coverage


With an Anthem Extras package, you can choose dental and vision coverage or dental coverage only. These convenient packages complement a Medicare Supplement, Part D, or Original Medicare plan. Our packages offer varying levels of coverage, so you can choose the one that best fits your needs and budget.


To find an Anthem Extras plan, enter your ZIP code to see plans available in your area. If available, each plan will have an option to add dental and vision packages.


Vision coverage is not offered as a standalone plan—it is only offered as part of a combined dental/vision package. The amounts shown reflect vision coverage when combined with a Standard, Premium or Premium Plus dental plan.


Please call us to explore your options or purchase a plan.

Vision Benefits



Premium Plus*

Vision Examination (once every 12 months)

$20 copay

$20 copay

$10 copay

Eyeglass Frames (once every 24 months)

$100 allowance

$100 allowance

$130 allowance

Eyeglass Lenses (standard plastic) (once every 24 months)

$20 copay

$20 copay

$10 copay

Contact Lenses (once every 24 months)

$80 allowance

$80 allowance

$80 allowance

Note: These amounts apply to in-network providers only.  

*In Virginia only, these plan names are Senior Standard, Senior Premium and Senior Premium Plus.


Check If Your Eye Doctor Is In The Plan

You will have lower costs if you use eye doctors in your plan. We have a large network of providers, and you can easily check if your current eye doctor is in the plan. 


Eye Care With Medicare Advantage


The majority of our Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans include benefits for prescription drugs, dental, vision, and hearing. What your plan covers will vary depending on where you live, but typically includes:



Routine eye exams



A yearly allowance for eyewear


Some Medicare Advantage plans also have optional supplemental benefits, that will boost your dental and vision coverage for an additional premium. You can add these benefits up to 90 days after your plan starts.

Enrolling In An Eye Care Package

If you’re not yet enrolled in a Medicare plan

If an eyewear package is available with the Medicare Advantage plan, you can add it to your application. 

If you’re already enrolled

If you’re currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, please call us. We can help you add dental and vision benefits to your existing plan. 


Call: 855-949-3320, 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 Original Medicare: Part A (Hospital Insurance) and Part B (Medical Insurance).


Empire BlueCross BlueShield is a Medicare Advantage plan with a Medicare contract. Empire BlueCross BlueShield is a SNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the state Medicaid program. Enrollment in Empire BlueCross BlueShield depends on contract renewal.