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Medicare Vision Coverage

Vision Coverage With Anthem Medicare Plans

Anthem offers dental and vision coverage packages to complement certain Medicare plans. Vision coverage is not offered as a standalone plan—it is only offered as part of a combined dental/vision package.

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 and hearing coverage too.

The majority of  Medicare Supplement plans do not include vision care except when the service is covered by Medicare. If you have a Medicare Supplement plan,  Part D plan, or both, you can purchase an Anthem Extras package to cover eye care, including eye wear. 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.

If you only have Original Medicare, it doesn’t cover vision exams or eye care, except in certain circumstances.

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 a plan, you can enter your ZIP code to see Medicare Supplement options in your area. If available, you will have the option to purchase a dental and vision package. 


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

Vision Benefits Standard Premium 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)

$30 allowance

$80 allowance

$80 allowance

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


If you do not have a Medicare Supplement plan but need a separate dental and vision package to complement Original Medicare or a Part D plan, please call us.  

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 or Medicare Supplement plan, you can add it to your application. 

If you’re already enrolled

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

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


Anthem Blue Cross is an HMO & LPPO plan with a Medicare contract. For Dual-Eligible Special Needs Plans: Anthem Blue Cross is an HMO SNP plan with a Medicare contract and a contract with the California Medicaid program. Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company is an LPPO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Anthem Blue Cross depends on contract renewal.