FAQs

Does my insurance cover an eye exam? 

We participate with VSP, EyeMed, Vision Care Direct, Humana VCP, Medicare, Medicaid, and Tricare.  If you have an insurance not listed, we will provide you with a receipt to file the claim with your insurance company. Check with our staff if you have other types of coverage. You will be financially responsible for payment of all co-pays, deductibles, and non-covered services.


What will happen during an eye exam? 

We will check your vision and ocular health. You will be asked questions that relate to any problems you may have. Measurements will help determine any need for corrective wear such as contact lenses or glasses. Your ocular health will be checked for things such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or other disorders. Eye drops may be used to enlarge (dilate) your pupils and/or an Optomap image may be reviewed to facilitate viewing of the inside of your eyes. Medication may be prescribed for ocular problems or a referral may be suggested for conditions requiring further intervention, such as cataracts.


How long does a standard eye exam take? 

A comprehensive eye examination usually takes 45-60 minutes. Selection of glasses may require extra time.


How do I know if I need an eye exam? 

Most people should get their eyes tested once a year. If you have had a sudden loss of vision, a change in vision in one or both of your eyes, or if your eyes are red or painful you should be seen right away.


When should my child have their first eye exam? 

Our doctors participate in the InfantSee program, which allows an infant 6-12 months old to have an eye exam at no charge if they do not have eye insurance. This would be especially important if you are noticing eye problems with your infant such as poor tracking of objects, child not looking at faces, an eye turn or crossed eyes, excessive eye rubbing, excessive tearing, red or encrusted eyes or eyelids, or a drooping eyelid. Otherwise, your child’s first eye exam should be before entering school, or by age 4-5. Your child should receive a comprehensive eye exam every year. School screenings are helpful to detect some severe vision problems, but your child should still see an optometrist to rule out problems the screening may miss, including farsightedness and eye health problems.


Does it make a difference where I get my glasses? 

Your doctor’s prescription is just one factor in determining how well you see through your glasses. The quality of the lenses used and the fit of the frames can greatly influence your clarity of vision and comfort with your glasses. Your optometrist can help you select the best materials for your lifestyle and ensure your glasses are fitted correctly. Also, your optometrist will use lenses that meet all the U.S. impact resistance standards. 


My vision is fine – why should I get an exam? 

An eye exam will check your vision to see if you need glasses to help you see better, but will also look for any problems with the health of your eyes. Vision can change gradually over time so even when you feel like your vision is fine, it may have changed enough that your vision could be improved. More importantly, an eye exam will check for any health problems in your eyes including cataracts, glaucoma or any circulation problem in the back of the eye (the retina). Often when these problems are found there are no symptoms. The sooner problems are found the better the long term outcome.


Will my eyes get worse by wearing my glasses too much? 

There is no evidence to support that wearing glasses will worsen the eyes. Your eyes may change regardless of glasses wear. At young ages, it is important to wear the glasses as much as possible so newly forming nerves for vision can be properly developed. Later on, wearing glasses more often helps prevent eye strain, headaches, and blurry vision.


What steps can I take to prevent my vision from getting worse? 

Most, if not all, of the reason we need a correction such as glasses is due to genetics. The biggest control we all have in preventing worse vision is sound health practices: avoiding damage to the eye from UV light by wearing sunglasses when appropriate, good nutrition to prevent diabetes – which can have a significant effect on the eyes, having routine eye examinations including a retinal fundus evaluation. Eyes will change over time; the best we can do is stay on top of the changes.