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    Corrective Eye Surgery Anyone?

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    Has anyone ever heard of Tricare paying for corrective eye surgery? I really want to get my eyes fixed cause I have had nothing but trouble since I was little. My eye allergies are really bad.
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    I don't know of any insurance that pays for vision correction. I will tell you this, it will be money well spent. I had mine done 2 years ago. I can swim and see, I don't have to buy contacts or glassess it is wonderful.
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    I was just thinking about if they'd pay for breast reduction because they cause back problems, why wouldn't they pay for eye corrective because my allergies are affecting my vision. I'm might go to a doctor and see what they think.
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    i know that if you have astigmatism then tricare will possibley pay for it. if its bad enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kellsies_mom View Post
    i know that if you have astigmatism then tricare will possibley pay for it. if its bad enough.
    Really? I might have to check into that. Thanks for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kellsies_mom View Post
    i know that if you have astigmatism then tricare will possibley pay for it. if its bad enough.
    I'm legally blind without glasses, I'm checking into that, too...
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    Per the Tricare website, Refractive (PRK) and LASIK surgery are not covered by Tricare at this time. Active duty members are able to get on waiting lists at certain hospitals and under certain conditions for the surgeries.
    My husband had LASIK in 2004 and went from really horrible vision to 20/15.
    I would love to have it done. My eyesite is really bad, but I also have to get the guts up for it. It just freaks me out to have something coming at my eyes like that....LOL.
    Here is what Tricare says about an eye surgery covered:
    Eye Surgery and Treatment
    TRICARE covers services and supplies required in the diagnosis and treatment of an illness or injury involving the eye or ocular adnexa, including:

    Phototherapeutic keratectomy (PTK) for corneal dystrophies
    Surgical procedures and eye examinations to correct, treat or diagnose strabismus
    Corneal transplants (keratoplasty)
    Relaxing keratotomy to relieve astigmatism following a corneal transplant
    Transpupillary thermotherapy (laser hyperthermia), with chemotherapy for the treatment of retinoblastoma
    TRICARE does not cover:

    Refractive corneal surgery
    Orthokeratology
    Orthoptics, also known as visual training, vision therapy, eye exercises, eye therapy
    Epikeratophakia for treatment of aphakia and myopia

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