Does Medicare cover glasses to correct double vision?

Rayman asked...

I have double vision and need to wear glasses for for it.  Does Medicare cover that?

Expert Answer

Probably not. Generally, Medicare Part B pays for eyeglasses only following cataract surgery in which a new lens is implanted in the eye. If you have any other kind of eye problem, Medicare does not pay for glasses. If you are treated by an eye specialist physician -- as opposed to just getting glasses from an optometrist -- for your double-vision, Medicare can pay its share (80 percent of the Medicare-approved amount) for that doctor's services, but not for the glasses themselves.