The refraction is a critical part of a low vision evaluation and is performed with different equipment during the exam. The doctor carefully leads you this specialized refraction, which may take most of your examination time.
“Original” Medicare does NOT cover the refraction fee. You are responsible for the out-of-pocket cost of the refraction, which determines the need for a prescription and/or level of magnification.
The fee depends on the time and complexity of the refraction. Medicare has never paid for this part of an examination and most insurance/supplements do not cover this procedure. The refraction fee is an out-of-pocket expense and ranges from $100 to $185.