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Health Services

Optometry

Mission 

The mission of the Department of Optometry is to conserve the fighting strength in the realm of vision care by providing the highest quality primary eye care to eligible patients within the constraints of available personnel, equipment, and facilities. We provide comprehensive visual and ocular health assessments to include eye health, accommodative and binocular disorders, and prescriptions for glasses. Evaluation and treatment for ocular trauma and eye diseases such as glaucoma, keratoconus, dry eyes, conjunctivitis, keratitis, and blepharitis. 

Vision

We are focused on duty and compassion, providing exceptional service with integrity.

List of Services

  • Routine eye exams.

  • Order military eyewear.

  • Exams for military physicals are performed on a walk-in basis during designated times.

  • Evaluations for refractive surgery.

  • Acute care

    • Referred by Primary Care Manager to appropriate optometry clinic, same day access available.

    • Diabetic Eye Exams require a referral from your Primary Care Manager.

Walk-In Services Walk in hours are 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Military Physicals

  • Spectacle ordering, pick-up, and adjustment

  • Driver’s license screening

Location

Wing 4G/Mountain side (4th flr)

FAQ's:

Q: How often do I need an eye exam if I wear glasses?
A: Routine eye exams are not required annually to order glasses. Military eyeglasses and inserts can be ordered up to 2 years off a valid prescription. We recommend a routine eye exam every 24 months  unless otherwise directed by your eye doctor.

Q: Do I need a referral? Optometry is self-referral. 
A: You do not need a referral to be seen at Optometry. Retirees and Family members can go to www.tricare.mil/finddoctor to find a provider in your area.   Or call 1-844-866-9378 to speak to a representative.

Q: Can I get contacts?
A: Contact lenses are not a TRICARE covered benefit. Our contact lens policy is a courtesy program to our patients and subject to availability and readiness requirements.  If you are interested in or wear contacts, please discuss fitting or renewal options with your eye care provider during your routine eye exam, we may be able to accommodate you.

Q: Where do I update my MEDPROS?
A: MEDPROS is a unit function- regardless if you wear glasses or not, annual vision screenings for MEDPROS can be done at your unit aid station or SCMH.

Q: How can I receive information about Lasik or PRK?
A: Latest updates for Refractive Surgery requirements can be found at tripler.tricare.mil/Health-Services/Vision/Ophthalmology or call (808) 433-3089 x2
 

We accept customer satisfaction feedback through our FOCUS "For Our Customer's Ultimate Satisfaction" Cards (located throughout the hospital) and through our Interactive Customer Evaluation (ICE) site located on the Internet at http://ice.disa.mil. If you have any questions, you may contact our Customer Relations office.

 
 

Contact Us

Tripler Central Appointment Line

Phone Number: (888) 683-2778 (888-MTF-APPT)

Fax Number: (808) 433-7184

Nurse Advice Line

1-800-TRICARE, option #1

Tricare Online

(www.tricareonline.com). or call the front desk
at (808) 433-4716

Hours of Operations

Monday - Wednesday:  7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Don't forget to keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.