“In a major legislative victory for the citizens of North Carolina, adult Medicaid patients will be eligible for an eye exam and glasses without medical diagnosis beginning January 1, 2019. This language was included in the final state budget.

Funding for eye exams and glasses for adult Medicaid patients was cut back in 2011, leaving only those 20 years of age and younger covered. Since that time, the NCOS has been advocating to get funding for adults reinstated.

It has been a long fight but our persistence has paid off. Now, all adult Medicaid patients in North Carolina will once again have the opportunity to get the basic eye care they need.

We will be sharing more details as they become available so stay tuned!

Mike Haines, OD
North Carolina Optometric Society”