Lack of Medicare coverage leads to less eyeglass use, study finds


Published in JAMA Ophthalmology, a study looked at the breakdown of 40.5 million Medicare beneficiaries who use eyeglasses.

They found that older, non-white, less affluent individuals with lower educational levels and prior cataract surgery were significantly less likely to use eyeglasses.

Since Medicare benefits do not cover eyeglasses, the authors believe that public policy changes are indicated to help prevent these socioeconomic disparities.