Friday, May 26th, 2017

Eye Care


The “Routine” Eye Exam

This is your routine vision and health screening. It is comprised of three main sections: Vision, Function and Health. In the Vision section, your doctor evaluates how well you see in the distance. This includes the determination of your eyeglass prescription, if any. The Function section of the examination allows the doctor to assess how your eyes work like a team. Your eye care professional will check your muscle co-ordination as well as your focusing ability for near tasks. The Health section allows your doctor to examine both the outside as well as the inside of your eyes. You have heard about many eye diseases such as “pink eye”, glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Systemic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, multiple sclerosis and Lyme’s disease can also affect your eyes.

This checkup should be performed yearly regardless of vision insurance restrictions. Conditions that affect your eyes can occur without warning and without feeling. Our advice is “check yearly, see clearly!”

The Contact Lens Exam

Contact lenses are medical devices that affect your vision as well as your eye health. Contact lenses can be worn safely under the guidance of your eye doctor. Please follow their instructions for a healthy and comfortable wearing experience.

If you are being fit or refit for contact lenses at your visit, you will have this exam in addition to your “routine” eye exam. The doctor will assess your vision and comfort with the lenses as well as make sure the contact lenses exhibit proper movement, centration and coverage on your eye.

Often times there can be microscopic changes on the surface of your eye, due to contact lenses, that you are unaware of. To keep your eyes healthy, comfortable and seeing well, your doctor will evaluate the surface of your eyes. All contact lens wearers are required to have an annual contact lens examination.

Annual Diabetic Eye Exam

The American Diabetes Association tells us that over 23 million Americans are affected by this condition. Damage to the eyes from diabetes causes between 12,000 and 24,000 new cases of blindness each year.

It is the standard of care for diabetic patients to have a yearly eye exam and retinal evaluation. Your pupils will be dilated at this visit in order for the doctor to monitor the health of your retina.

Urgent Care Visits

Many reasons you need to see your eye doctor are not so “routine”. Patients come to see us when their eyes are red, their vision is suddenly affected, they get something in their eye, or are experiencing pain. For these times when something “just isn’t right”, we have urgent care visits. Patients with types of problems are encouraged to come in without delay to see one of the doctors. These visits are medically oriented so the medical insurance is billed for these.

Our doctors are available after hours via pager for any of our patients with medical eye problems.

Vision Insurance vs. Medical Insurance

Our office participates with many vision insurance plans. This is the type of insurance used when you come for a routine or yearly checkup. All vision insurances help pay for the routine assessment of your eyes and determination of your glasses prescription. Many vision insurances may also help offset the costs incurred for eyeglasses or contact lenses.

If we diagnose a condition at your yearly checkup that needs treatment and monitoring, your medical insurance will be billed for all follow up visits until this condition is resolved.

Medical insurance is what you use if you are coming to see us for a diabetic eye exam, pink eye exam, or anything that is not routine in nature such as dry eye problems, soreness, loss of vision, eye pain, allergies, abrasions, etc.