Medical eye exams are different from routine vision exams as there is medical diagnosis to evaluate, manage and treat. Patients who fall under this category typically have acute eye problems such as a scratched cornea or chronic disease such as glaucoma or cataracts. Systemic disease like diabetes can also qualify you for a medical eye exam.
When scheduling your appointment, make sure to tell the receptionist the reason for your visit so he/she can schedule the appropriate type of examination. Vision insurance cannot be used to address medical eye complaints such as dry eye, itching, burning, redness, pain... etc. as the level of care, documentation, communication and time spend with the doctor is typically greater than a routine exam. Medications are often prescribed as recommended by your optometrist.
Expect to use your medical insurance and bring your specialist copay for this exam.
what should you expect?
If you are having an emergency, we will see you as soon as possible in order to address your concerns as well as alleviate any pain you may be experiencing. For scheduled visits, your exam will proceed like a routine exam although the number and type of preliminary tests by be altered according to your needs.
Your visit with the doctor may be longer in nature as he/she evaluates your symptoms and presenting findings. Make sure to bring your eyeglasses if you wear contact lenses in case it is not appropriate that you continue to wear them. A follow up visit may be scheduled for a later date if further care is needed.