Medical Diagnostic Exam in Dodge City, KS
When you come to the optometrist, it's typically for a routine visit or for treatment of a medical condition. There are some similarities between these types of visits but your insurance may treat each differently. At Christensen Eyecare, we want clients to be fully informed about their eye care options in Dodge City, Kansas. Learn how the type of visit may determine what's covered under your plan.
What's a Routine Eye Exam?
Insurance companies usually define a routine exam as one meant to check your vision. It's considered a preventive exam and the optometrist also checks for eye disease. You may get a new prescription for your eyeglasses and contacts. There may be a final diagnosis, such as astigmatism, farsightedness or nearsightedness.
Vision insurance typically covers routine exams, contact lenses and eyeglasses — sometimes, you only get a discount, depending on your coverage. This type of exam is billed directly to the insurance provider. Medicare doesn't cover routine eye exams.
What's a Medical Diagnostic Eye Exam?
When you come to Dr. Christensen for treatment for a specific condition, such as dry eye, glaucoma, cataracts or conjunctivitis, it's called a medical diagnostic eye exam.
Policies vary, so your insurance might cover a medical exam but not pay for a routine eye exam. Examinations for medical purposes to determine the cause of an eye complaint are billed directly to your medical or vision insurance plan.
What Are Refraction Fees?
When you come to Christensen Eyecare, the part of the visit used for your eye prescription is billed as a refraction fee. This consists of answering questions about which of two options is clearer. Not all medical insurance covers this part of the fee.
Understanding insurance and billing policies between medical and routine visits can be confusing. The designation doesn't determine the type of care received. Let us know if you still have questions when you call for an appointment or come for your exam.
Here are a few things details that may help:
- Many health plans involve copayments and deductibles you must meet before insurance kicks in
- Check with your insurance company before you come to your appointment so you can come prepared for any copays that apply to your eye care. It's also a good idea to make sure Christensen Eyecare is on your list of providers
Call Christensen Eyecare Today!
Christensen Eyecare is proud to help our clients in Dodge City, KS see the world through healthy eyes. Dr. Rob Christensen received his Doctor of Optometry at the Indiana School of Optometry where he graduated with honors. You can call Christensen Eyecare at (620) 227-5433 to schedule an appointment today!