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The following “how to” is for service members or veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA’s health care system. If you’re not, you can sign up online at this link here.

Once enrolled, veterans can message their doctors, refill their prescriptions, check their G.I. Bill benefits, access their health records and manage their disability claims all online, here.

Do You Qualify for Eyeglasses?

For those veterans with a compensable service-connected disability:

You qualify if you check off any of these boxes:

– Have a compensable service-connected disability

– Are a former prisoner of war (POW)

– Were awarded a Purple Heart

– Are in receipt of benefits under Title 38 United States Code (U.S.C.) 1151

– Are in receipt of an increased pension based on being rated permanently housebound or in need of regular aid and attendance

– Have vision or hearing impairment resulting from diseases or the existence of another medical condition which you’re receiving care or services through the VA for — or which resulted from treatment of that medical condition, like a stroke, poly trauma, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, vascular disease, geriatric chronic illnesses, toxicity from drugs, ocular photosensitivity from drugs, cataract surgery, and/or other surgeries performed on the eye, ear, or brain resulting in vision or hearing impairment

– Have significant functional or cognitive impairment evidenced by deficiencies in the ability to perform activities of daily living — not including normally-occurring visual or hearing impairments

– Have normally occurring visual and/or hearing impairments that interferes with medical care

For those veterans without a compensable service-connected disability:

You qualify if you check off any of these boxes:

– An optometrist or ophthalmologist evaluated your eyesight and determined a medical need

– Having vision loss that interferes with or restricts communication to the extent that it affects active participation in health care services (also determined by an optometrist or ophthalmologist).

 

If you’re enrolled in the VA’s health care system, you can message your team of doctors and other specialists online by clicking here.