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What should I expect at an eye exam?

What to Expect at Optix – Part One
Gina DeRicco

With our crazy schedules and a million things on our mind, coming prepared to an eye appointment is not always at the forefront of our mind. However, there are only a few crucial things to remember in order to come to your eye exam prepared and get the most out of your annual eye examination.

Here at Optix Family Eyecare, we want to make your check-in as easy as possible. When you arrive for your appointment and check in at the front desk, there are a few things that we will need to collect from you.

The first thing that will be addressed is the insurance you will be using for your exam. Typically, if you are using a vision plan, our trained staff will make sure to complete an authorization for your exam and glasses prior to your arrival. The co-payment for your exam will be discussed with you at check-in. It is also important that you have your medical insurance card with you, as well. We keep medical insurance information on file in case the doctor needs to address or treat a medically-related condition such as dry eye, styes, or infections. It is necessary to understand that both a vision discount plan and a medical insurance plan may have different co-payments that you are responsible for at the time of service.

Secondly, at the time of your appointment, you will be asked to sign the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) privacy act. The privacy act is meant to protect the confidentiality and security of your personal health information. In other words, your health records will not be released without your permission.

In addition, we offer a screening tool called the iWellness for advanced early detection of macular degeneration and glaucoma. Our doctors recommend this test for all patients over 18 years of age, especially those with a family history of macular degeneration or glaucoma. More information will be given at the time of your appointment.

Lastly, you should bring any glasses you are currently using to your appointment. This should include prescription sunglasses, as well. If you are a contact lens patient, you should also bring your contacts. The doctor will assess your eyes without contact lenses first, so we recommend wearing your glasses to the annual eye exam.

To sum it up, let’s review the key factors you need to remember in order to be prepared for your exam.

  •  Bring your medical insurance card
  •  Bring all current glasses, and sunglasses!
  •   Bring contacts if you are coming for a contact lens examination


Gina DeRicco

Future Optometrist

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