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En español | Original Medicare does not include routine vision care, which means it generally will not pay for eyeglasses, contact lenses or eye exams to determine prescriptions.
You are responsible for 100 percent of these costs unless you have a Medicare Advantage plan that offers vision care as an additional benefit, often for an extra premium. Many do.
The only circumstance in which original Medicare will pay for glasses: after cataract surgery to implant an artificial lens in your eye. In this instance, Medicare Part B, the component of original Medicare that covers outpatient services, will cover one set of corrective eyeglasses or contact lenses.
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