A. The Treatment Benefit Scheme is a scheme run by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) that provides dental, optical and aural services to qualified people.
The Treatment Benefit Scheme is available to insured workers and retired people who have the required number of PRSI contributions.
Under this scheme, the Department pays the full cost of an oral examination once a calendar year.
From 28 October 2017, a payment of €42 towards either a scale and polish or - if clinically necessary - periodontal treatment, is also available once a calendar year. If the cost of either cleaning or periodontal treatment is more than €42, you must pay the balance - capped at €15 for a scale and polish. There is no cap on the balance charged for periodontal treatment.
The Treatment Benefit Scheme also entitles you to a free eyesight test, once every second calendar year. However, sight tests for VDUs, driving licences, etc., are not covered under the scheme.
From 28 October 2017, you can get a payment, once every second calendar year, towards either one pair each of reading and distance spectacles or one pair of bifocal or varifocals. Cost will vary depending on the frames you choose. Basic frames are free. If you choose more expensive frames, the Department will pay €42 towards them and you pay the balance.
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