January 14, 2014

 Medicare provides coverage of an annual glaucoma screening for beneficiaries in at least one of the following high risk groups:

  • Individuals with diabetes mellitus
  • Individuals with a family history of glaucoma
  • African-Americans age 50 and older
  • Hispanic-Americans age 65 and older

A Medicare-covered glaucoma screening includes:

  • A dilated eye examination with an intraocular pressure measurement, and
  • A direct ophthalmoscopy examination or a slit-lamp biomicroscopic examination.

Copay/coinsurance and deductible apply.

Early detection and treatment of glaucoma is the best way to control glaucoma before it causes major vision loss. Eligible Medicare beneficiaries should be encouraged to utilize this benefit, which can help save their vision.

Reference: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS, 2013) Daily Digest Bulletin