Medicare Preventive Services
Few things are more important than Preventive Care when it comes to maintaining your health.
Regular checkups and diagnostic procedures are the key to detecting many health concerns in their earliest stages, when the prognosis and chances for a full recovery are best. Especially when it comes to serious conditions such as cancer and heart disease, the earlier you know what you’re up against, the better.
The same applies to conditions that aren’t necessarily life-threatening. Regardless of the scale of an ailment or condition, the earlier it’s detected, the better. Knowing early what you’re dealing with can make all the difference when you and your doctor or practitioner decide what course of action you should take.
Dealing with a problem early usually means you have several viable options to choose from and an excellent chance of success. Early detection is likely to help your pocketbook as well. Not only can preventive care save your life, it can save you thousands of dollars.
Glaucoma is a disease usually associated with increased fluid pressure in the eye. Glaucoma causes optic nerve damage, and can lead to vision loss and blindness if left untreated.
You are considered at high risk for glaucoma if you have diabetes or a family history of glaucoma. You are also at risk for glaucoma if you are African-American and 50 or older, or Hispanic and 65 or older.
If at high risk for glaucoma, you are eligible to receive a Medicare-covered glaucoma screening exam once every 12 months by an eye doctor who is legally permitted to perform the exam in your state. Your screening exam will include a dilated eye exam with an intraocular pressure measurement and a direct opthalmoscopy exam or a slit-lamp biomicroscopic exam.
If you’re enrolled in a Medicare supplement plan, you will be able to see a specialist. If your doctor is on Medicare assignment, your supplement plan should cover the 20% excess charges. If you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan, an approved specialist referral may be required.
If you’re at high risk for glaucoma, don’t gamble on losing your sight. Glaucoma is best detected and treated early, so if you’re at risk it’s important to take advantage of the glaucoma screening service Medicare provides.
Medicare can go a long way toward providing the preventive care you need to maintain your good health—if you have the experience and knowledge to take advantage of it.
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