Frequently Asked Questions
- Should I see an Ophthalmologist?
Both doctors are Board Certified Optometric Physicians that can meet all your visual needs and provide 24-hour emergency service for eye injuries. An ophthalmologist should be seen when you need eye surgery. If surgery is needed, the doctor can refer you to the best ophthalmologist for your particular condition.
- At what age should my child have an eye exam?
Your child's first visit to a doctor of optometry for a dilated eye health examination should be within the first six months of life to ensure healthy vision.
- Is it really necessary for me to have an eye exam?
Yes! The most important thing you can do to preserve your eyesight is to have regular eye health examinations. Like the rest of your body, your eyes will change gradually as you age. However, your eyes rarely hurt if something is wrong.
- How often do I need to be checked?
After your first visit, the doctor will advise you as to how often your eyes need to be examined. Don't wait until you break your glasses or lose a contact lens.
- How long will an exam take?
Most exams require one hour to two hours. This comprehensive eye exam includes a refraction to determine glasses prescription, a screening visual fields to assess peripheral vision, and dilation of the pupils for evaluation of glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
- What do I need to bring for my first visit?
Bring all current eyewear (including prescription sunglasses and contact lenses). Also bring a list of all medications you are presently taking.
- Will you place drops in my eyes?
Yes! The drops enable the doctor to thoroughly examine all areas of the eye. This may cause temporary blurring of your vision and sensitivity to bright lights. Due to this, we recommend someone drive you home. If you have sunglasses, we advise you wear them after your examination for several hours.
- Something is in my eye and it is hurting. What should I do?
We gladly accept emergency office visits at anytime. Call our office during business hours for prompt attention, or if after hours or on weekends, we have 24-hour answering service. Call the office number and you will be given further instructions.
- I've always wanted to wear contact lenses, but was afraid to try them. Can you help me?
Yes! One of our specialties is contact lens fitting. Let us know you are interested and we will gladly give you the options of contact lens wear.
- How much will this cost?
Fees for office visits are based upon the time spent with you and the complexity of the procedure. Payment is expected at the time of service for office visits and eye examinations. We accept personal checks, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
- Do you accept insurance?
We accept assignment for Medicare. We will file your claim to Medicare and wait for payment. You will be responsible for the 20% co-payment and any deductible, although claims can be filed to any supplemental insurance.
We accept Medicaid and are providers for several health insurance plans provided by employers in this area. We will assist you in filing claims to any other insurance company.