Does Medicare Pay For Low Vision Devices? [What You Need to Know]

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Low vision problems are something that’s hard to escape as we get older. Many functions don’t tend to be as sharp as they once were and performing an everyday task and enjoying life can slowly become more and more difficult to handle or accomplish. It may even be somewhat depression or hard to handle. It’s also difficult to know where to turn or where to ask the right questions. One of the questions that I’ve seen come up in recent time is important in my mind. Does Medicare pay for low vision devices? With plenty of time working in this industry, here is what I can tell you on the topic.

So, does Medicare pay for low vision devices? Unfortunately, no. As of right now, Medicare will not assist with payments toward low vision aids or other lost cost items that can be a direct result of hearing or vision loss problems amongst older individuals. This could potentially change in the future.

That was the most basic answer to the question, but I wanted to give you more than that. If you stick around for a moment, I’ll cover how Medicare works with low-vision devices and will also cover other avenues and solutions you may consider ensuring you still are provided and own the low-vision tools and devices that can dramatically improve the quality of your life.

Let’s dive into it.

More About Medicare and Low Vision Assistance with Payments and Cost

Back in 1965, it was ruled by the CMS that these low vision devices would not be covered under Medicare and no assistance would be provided except on very rare occasions. Back in 2013, it started to become a popular topic again and was strongly advocated that Medicare should be assisting with these devices.

So far, any device that requires an assistive lens to improve vision is still not covered but we may see a change in the future. Hopefully at least.

The more important thing, for the time being, is making the correct decisions and saving as much money as possible and finding devices that can begin improving your ability to perform hobbies and task that you love again. So, how do you do that?

How to Find the Perfect Balance for Budget and Vision Improvement

Since we are aware at that we aren’t going to get the help from Medicare for these low vision devices it’s important to find a device that doesn’t break the budget and provides the relief that’s needed.

For starters, you can speak to a professional and describe your needs and your current vision problem you are dealing with. This can help narrow down and provide some insight into what kind of devices you should be looking for. This way, you’re not going through device after device and wasting money through the process.

Finding a Durable Warranty Backed Product

Warranties can be more helpful than you may think when shopping low vision products or finding the perfect magnifier or whatever the device of choice or need may be.  A warranty backed product can give you the peace of mind that if you have a malfunction or faulty product that you can easily ship it back for a new product or a full refund.  In addition, it goes a long way towards showing some good faith in the company and the manufacture of the product. Most reputable m magnifiers or other low vision products will be or should be backed by a Lifetime Warranty. This is a great starting point.

Next, Find a Reliable Durable Product

Up next on the list should be finding the best product to fit your needs. You don’t need to break the bank on a low vision aid, but you don’t need to attempt to reach into the bottom of the barrel either. It’s your vision we are talking about here and it’s important to get this right the first time.

What Else to Look for in A Low Vision Product

Try and find a product that has some features that can be useful and goes to show some time was put into the manufacturing and the development of the product. It may seem like small things but it all adds up. You can look for items such as the following.

·         Solid Construction or Strong Material

·         Positive Reviews on Amazon or Other Platforms

·         Rubber or Custom Grips for Comfort

·         Scratch Resistant Lenses

·         LED Lighting

This only scratches the surface for what you can look for I think you get the point. You want something built to last and that will provide relief to you. Dropping more money testing and trying dozens of products is not the path you should try and take when shopping low vision aids.

Any Other Options, What About Medicare Part B?

Another thing you can do to help battle cost is double check what can be covered under Medicare Part B. Depending on your eye condition or eye disease you may be able to get some more preventative work covered and help from professional advising you of low-vision devices you should consider without draining the bank account.

Medicare part B currently helps cover eye exams and procedures for certain medical concerns such as diabetes and in some scenarios, can provide relief for other common eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.

Regardless of your Medicare supplement, you have, and your current coverage, you need to double check and verify what exactly is covered and what relief can be provided to you. It’s all about saving as much money as possible and we understand how important that is.

Putting It All Together, Although Medicare Isn’t Helping Much, You Sure Have Options

Regardless of how much help Medicare is going to provide to you, it’s still important you get the low-vision aids and devices you need and deserve. These aren’t overly expensive items if you look in the right places and if you find one that truly fits your needs the first time, it can go along way towards providing relief to your pocketbook.

Be sure to look for some quality products, backed by lifetime warranties and that seem to be from a company you can trust, and you can take the first steps towards enjoying life again and seeing the way you need to and deserve to.

Do you have any stories related to Medicare coverage and low-vision aids and devices? Did you find a way to get any exams or procedures covered? What plan of action did you take? Be sure to drop a comment below.

 

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