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Billing
1. Do you participate in Medicare and accept Medicaid?
2. Will you bill my insurance company?
3. What happens if I do not have insurance?
4. Will my medical insurance cover an eye exam?

Scheduling
1. Are you seeing new patients?
2. How long does an exam take?
3. Can I schedule more than one family member at the same time?
4. Do you see infants and children?
5. Do you provide bilingual services?

General Office Questions
1. Is your office wheelchair accessible?
2. What are your office hours?

The Difference Between The O's
1. Ophthalmologist
2. Optometrist
3. Optician
4. Orthoptist
5. Why see an Ophthalmologist?

Billing

Do you participate in Medicare and accept Medicaid?

Yes, we participate in Medicare and accept Medicaid. Patients are asked to bring in their insurance information so that the billing can be done properly. Some Medicaid patients that are covered by a managed care insurance may need prior approval to be seen in our office. Please call our front desk and they will be able to assist you.

Will you bill my insurance company?

We participate in most major insurance companies. In some cases, we will be able to do a courtesy bill for you to your insurance company. Please bring your insurance card with you to the appointment so a copy can be scanned into your record.

What happens if I do not have insurance?

We offer a 15% discount if paid by cash or check at the time of service. If payment is made by credit card, we offer a 10% discount. You may also opt to pay in increments, with one third of the cost of the exam paid at the time of service and the reminder within three months of the date of service.

Will my medical insurance cover an eye exam?

Medical insurance will cover an eye exam if there is a medical need for the visit.�


Scheduling

Are you seeing new patients?

Yes, we accept new patients and welcome you to our office and will schedule your appointment as conveniently as possible.�

How long does an exam take?

A routine eye exam is fast and convenient. You will be done in less than one hour, with no need for eye dilation, thanks to new technology called Optomap.� Exams with dilation may take longer.

Can I schedule more than one family member at the same time?

Can I schedule more than one family member at the same time?

Do you see infants and children?

Yes, we can examine infants and children.

Do you provide bilingual services?

Yes, we provide multi-lingual services. Our administrator is fluent in French and Spanish.�


General Office Questions

Is your office wheelchair accessible?

Yes

What are your office hours?

Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For your convenience, our optical department is open during lunch hours. We make every effort to keep on schedule. However, due to the nature of our specialty and medical care, unexpected delays may occur. Please call us as soon as possible should you be delayed or need to reschedule.


The Difference Between The O's

Ophthalmologist. Ophthalmologists are M.D.s, medical doctors specializing in eye and vision care. An ophthalmologist (M.D.) can provide a variety of eye care services, from prescribing eyeglasses, diagnosing and treating eye diseases to performing complex eye surgery. Like other medical doctors, they attend four years of medical school and one year in a general medical internship. However, they also must continue their schooling and spend a minimum of three additional years of residency in hospital-based training and eye clinics. Ophthalmologists often spend an additional couple years training in a subspecialty area such as retina or glaucoma. After spending upwards of 14 years of higher education, many ophthalmologists become "board-certified," which means they have passed a rigorous examination by the American Board of Ophthalmology. This exam tests not only the doctor's medical knowledge, but also their ability to provide expert care to patients.

Optometrist.Optometrists are not M.D.'s. Instead, they receive professional training and get certified as doctors of optometry (O.D.). After university, they go through 4 years of optometry school. Optometrists are trained and licensed to test for visual acuity defects and can prescribe and adapt for corrective lenses and other optical aids such as contact lenses. They cannot perform intraocular surgery and refer to ophthalmologists for treatment of more complex eye conditions. In most states, optometrists are permitted to prescribe drugs to diagnose eye abnormalities and treat certain eye disorders.

Optician. An optician is a person trained in the science, craft and art of optics as applied to interpreting the Ophthalmologist's or Optometrist's prescription and making the proper glasses and contact lenses. An optician cannot examine the eyes or prescribe eyeglasses or medication, but he or she can help you find the best fit of frames, lenses or contact lenses for the Rx you have received. Our certified opticians will ensure that you choose a frame that enhances your appearance as well as ensuring both the ideal fit and suitability of the lenses and frame to your style of life.

Orthoptist. An Orthoptist is a person trained to evaluate motor and sensory aspects of the eye. They investigate, diagnose and treat defects and abnormalities of eye movement and alignment, such as lazy eye. Although much of their work is with children, they also treat patients of all ages who have conditions ranging from squints to 'lazy eye' or double vision. Through an interpretation of different testing procedures and clinical knowledge, an orthoptist will work with your eye doctor to make a proper treatment plan.

Why see an Ophthalmologist?

Because of their medical training and expertise, ophthalmologists provide the highest level of comprehensive eye care. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and also prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses.

They are the most qualified to examine the health of your eyes, as they are trained not only to detect any abnormalities at any given time during a well eye check up, but also able to evaluate your health condition and medications that may be affecting your eyesight .

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