Who is Eligible for an Annual Eye Exam Under MSP?
The government of British Columbia provides the residents with vision care benefits through the Medical Services Plan. The benefits covered for different age brackets include:
Children up to 18 years of age are entitled to a comprehensive annual eye exam per year
Adults between 19-64 years of age are eligible for medically-required eye exams, including suspected trauma, injuries, ocular diseases, and medications or diseases containing high ocular health risks
Seniors 65 years of age and above are also entitled to a comprehensive annual eye exam per year
Do you want to get more details on how your age can impact the MSP coverage? Consult your optometrist.
How Much of My Costs are Covered by MSP?
With a Medical Services Plan coverage, you can get an annual distribution for eye examinations in addition to minor and follow-up exams. The optometrists can opt out of the MSP and devise a separate payment schedule as required.
To get more information on MSP coverage, please visit the Ministry of Health website.
What is Not Covered by MSP?
MSP may not cover all the optometric services. The most common services excluded by an MSP coverage include:
Contact lens fittings
Eyeglasses, low-vision aids, contact lenses,
Treatments such as eye coordination exercises, and eye-related medications
Eye examinations required by potential employers or third parties
Laser refractive eye surgery management (including pre and post-operative visits)
Contact Lens Fittings
Refer to your local optometrist for contact lens coverage under MSP, and other insurance options.
BC’s Healthy Kids Program
The BC Healthy Kids Program aims to extend financial help to low and middle-income families to meet prescription eyewear, basic dental care and hearing aid needs for their children. Children under 19 years of age with an active MSP premium assistance through the Ministry of Health, BC, are eligible for the program.