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Do vision care plans cover appliances to help those who are legally blind?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

It depends. What health insurance policies and vision-care plans cover varies more than seasonal fashion trends. Since appliances that help those who are legally blind (such as magnifiers and walking or guide canes) tend to be adaptive as opposed to corrective (like glasses or contact lenses), they may even be covered under your standard health insurance plan’s medical-device coverage. To find out if your vision-care plan or general health insurance plan covers certain appliances, contact the provider directly.


 

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