Optical Coverage

Everyone who receives income or disability assistance gets specified optical services. Tell the eye clinic you are in receipt of assistance and give them your CareCard or your BC Services Card. They’ll verify your coverage with Pacific Blue Cross.


When you receive assistance or medical services only, you can get:

  • Up to $48.90 for routine eye exams once every two years
  • New eyeglasses, up to the ministry’s maximum rate
  • New lenses if your eye doctor confirms a change in your prescription
  • Necessary repairs to lenses or frames
  • A case for new glasses or lenses
  • Routine eye exams for seniors, covered by Medical Services Plan (MSP), which covers medically necessary eye exams for everyone, regardless of age


Children under 19 in families who receive assistance get:

  • Routine eye exams for children, covered by Medical Services Plan (MSP)
  • New eyeglasses, up to the ministry’s maximum rate

If you have questions about your optical coverage:

Optical Fee Schedules

Order Eyeglasses

You can buy eyeglasses at any participating store.

If you prefer, you can order eyeglasses online. You’ll need your eyeglass prescription when you make your purchase.

Useful Contacts

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