Vision care benefits

Learn about eye and vision care benefits under the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Program.

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About vision care benefits

The NIHB program's vision care benefit provides coverage for eye examinations and corrective eyewear; this includes:

  • eye examinations when they are not insured by the province or territory
  • corrective eyewear (glasses, contact lenses) when prescribed by a vision care professional
  • eyeglass repairs

The program provides eligible clients with coverage for benefits not available under other federal, provincial, territorial or private health insurance.

Vision care benefits are covered in accordance with program policies. These policies are set out in the NIHB Guide to vision care benefits. Benefits must be provided by an NIHB-recognized provider.

How to access vision care benefits

You can access your vision care benefits from an NIHB-recognized eye health professional, such as an:

  • optician
  • optometrist

Vision care providers enrolled with the program generally send claims to bill the program directly. You will need to show client identification in order for providers to bill the program directly.

Claims cover costs that are eligible for reimbursement under the program as per established fee guides. You may also submit reimbursement requests yourself.

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