Eye Care and Patient FAQ

Does my insurance cover my office visit?

Most vision insurance plans will provide coverage for an annual eye examination and contribute toward the purchase of glasses or contacts. If you have a medical eye condition, your coverage will typically be processed through your primary health insurance plan or Medicare.

Because each vision plan is different, you will need to contact your vision insurance provider to determine your eligibility. Below are links to some of the major vision plans we accept.

 

Vision Care for Life

Vision Benefits of America

Davis Vision

National Vision Administrators

(www.e-nva.com)

OptiCare

EyeMed Vision Care

 

Medicare will cover most of the cost of an annual dilated eye examination if you are …

  • diabetic
  • have a family history of glaucoma
  • African-American age 50 and older
  • Hispanic-American age 65 and older

These groups are at higher risk of developing glaucoma. For more information about Medicare coverage, click here.

How soon will I get my new glasses?

Most eyewear orders are available for pickup and personal fitting at our office within two weeks. As an independent eye care practice, we have chosen to take special care in crafting your eyeglasses versus a one-hour turnaround offered by some optical chains. We have found our patients are more satisfied with their eyewear and quality of vision correction when special care has been used to customize their lenses and frames. Our findings are consistent with a larger study conducted by Consumer Reports, which found that glasses from independent eye care practices rated the highest overall.

How often should my eyes be examined?

Our recommendation for a routine eye examination is typically once a year beginning at the age of five. Your eyes may need examined more frequently depending on your family's vision history, risk factors associated with aging or medical history, and type of vision correction required.

As we advance into adulthood, the risks of ocular disease increase significantly. If you don't notice problems with your eyes, you may think it's okay to neglect your annual eye examination. However, a yearly checkup is vital to preserving your good vision, as earlier stages of eye disease are typically without symptoms, when sight-saving treatment is most effective.