Medicare Coverage: Do You Have High Risk Factors For Glaucoma?
Many people who have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma, or are severely near-sighted don’t know that they may have a higher risk of developing glaucoma. They don’t realize how serious glaucoma may be, and that it may even lead to blindness if it stays untreated. Even if you get treatment against this serious eye disease, there is still a chance that your eyesight will be permanently impaired – so make sure to schedule your annual eye exam.
Medicare will cover glaucoma tests once a year for persons who are at high risk. Even if you don’t have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma, you are, according to the Medicare regulations, in the ‘high risk group’ if you are African-American over the age of 50, or Hispanic and 65+ years old.
Don’t put it off any longer if you have one of the high risk factors – according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation it is estimated that a huge of persons who have glaucoma don’t even know that they have it. The reason is that there are virtually no symptoms for open-angle glaucoma, the most common form. The best way to protect you from vision loss due to glaucoma is to get tested.
To be covered by Medicare, you need to take the test at an optometrist or eye care professional who is approved by your state. You will have to pay your share of 20% of the Medicare-approved doctor’s bill (the Part B deductible applies). If you have supplemental Medicare health insurance or are enrolled in a Medicare advantage plan, you may receive additional benefits or extended cost coverage.