Optical services covered for seniors
Allowable optical expenses for seniors
The Optical Assistance for Seniors program will reimburse eligible seniors for prescription eyeglasses, including lenses and frames dispensed by a recognized optical provider up to the maximum amount based on your eligibility at the time of purchase.
Non-allowable optical expenses
The program does not cover the following optical expenses:
- Contact lenses
- Eye surgery
- Eye exams
- Magnifying devices
- Eye medication
- Non-prescription sunglasses
- Reading glasses not dispensed by optical provider
A senior may receive the maximum optical benefit once every 3 years. The 3-year period begins from the date of the first optical service that is funded.
- If you do not use the maximum benefit, you can submit additional expenses before the 3-year period ends.
Special circumstances may be taken into consideration, for example, greater frequency resulting from eye surgery.