Eye Examinations

The Eye Center offers complete eye examinations for the entire family. Routine eye exams can range from thorough evaluations for individuals with contact lenses, glasses or minor problems, to emergency treatment for sudden onset problems, to the lengthy work-up, diagnosis and management of complex sight threatening diseases. Our doctors are all highly trained and board certified. They utilize the latest most advanced diagnostic equipment available to assist them in performing thorough and accurate eye exams. It is important to schedule an annual eye examination with one of our eye doctors as part of your personal health program.

What is a refraction?
It is the test a physician performs to determine a patient’s eyeglass prescription and best-corrected vision. When the physician places various lenses in front of your eyes and asks which looks the best, you are being refracted.

Why do I need to be refracted?
This is an essential part of an eye examination, particularly for children. Abnormal results may be due to: myopia (nearsightedness); hyperopia (farsightedness); astigmatism (steepening of the corneal surface); presbyopia (inability to focus on near objects with advancing age).

Why am I charged for a refraction, doesn’t my insurance cover it?
The refraction is considered vision care, not medical care, so it is NOT a service covered by Medicare or most medical insurances. The fee for refractions is collected at the time of service (day of your exam) and is in addition to any co-payment or deductible required by your insurance company. The co-pay or deductible is for the medical portion of your exam and is separate from and not included in the refraction fee. Medicare does not cover refractions, and most insurance companies follow Medicare’s policies as a guideline.