Glaucoma Tests and Medicare


The eye disease of glaucoma is a serious situation that afflicts many people as they get older in their lives.  It is important to test for this regularly but it is also important to know what your insurance covers to avoid unexpected medical bills.  If you are on Medicare there is a period of once every twelve months that screening for glaucoma is covered under your benefits.

If you are considered at risk for glaucoma you likely have diabetes, or your family has a history of glaucoma, or you are over 50 and African-American or you are Hispanic and over the age of 65.  It is still possible to get glaucoma if you do not fall in to one of these groups, but your likelihood is not as high.  Even if you don’t fall in to one of these groups make sure you bring up the possibility with your doctor.

If you are getting the tests done for glaucoma you must visit a doctor that is legally authorized to do the test by the state.  If you do not go to the right doctor it is possible that you won’t have the procedure covered by your Medicare coverage.  When you do get it approved you will pay 20% of the Medicare approved amount and the Medicare Part B deductible will apply.


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