By Kim Barnhouse, Office Manager, Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care
Many of our patients present to our office with a vision plan to cover their annual eye examination. Often vision plans are “carved out” of your medical insurance. For those of you who may not participate in a vision plan, you may schedule your visit under your medical insurance. What is the difference?
Vision insurance may offer to pay for the majority of the cost of a routine eye exam when blurry vision, eyestrain or headaches may be the problem. A routine eye exam is when your doctor checks your vision, analyzes your eyeglass / contact lens prescription and evaluates your entire eye health. Vision insurance may also cover some of the cost of materials, such as glasses or contact lenses. The frequency of your vision insurance coverage is typically limited to one exam per year.
If during your routine eye examination the doctor has concerns about potential medical conditions now or down the road, he/she may ask you to follow up for a medical office visit, for which you may use your medical insurance. Medical conditions can be anything from dry eyes to sight-threatening eye disease. Medical insurance is used when your doctor needs to perform more testing, special diagnostic procedures, or a follow-up visit to monitor a condition. Medical insurance covers as many visits and follow-ups as required for medical causes of blurry vision such as dry eyes, cataracts and glaucoma.
Whether using your vision or medical insurance, our office participates with both in order to meet all of your eye care needs. Here is a list of the insurances we participate with currently. The list changes frequently, so be sure to contact our receptionist at (301) 670-1212 to see if we have added or deleted your plan.
Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care; Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians serving the Rockville, Potomac and Gaithersburg Maryland suburbs of Washington DC for over 40 years. Connect with us on facebook below or twitter @EyeInfo. For more information visit our practice website youreyesite.com or call (301) 670-1212
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