Comprehensive Eye Exams

A comprehensive vision exam is an important part of your preventative care routine, even if you do not require vision correction. Diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy all develop slowly and have no symptoms in the early stages. Regular eye exams will help prevent potential loss of vision by catching these diseases early.

During this exam your provider will check the overall health of your eye, including dilating your pupils and looking in the back of your eye.
It is the policy of Northwest Vision Institute, PLLC to use dilation drops or review retinal imaging via elective Optomap at each comprehensive exam. Please schedule at a time that would allow for dilation or you may choose the Optomap retinal imaging, which is generally not covered by insurance.
A refraction test will be performed to obtain the prescription for your best corrected vision.

Medical vs. Vision Exam

Vision Exam

A vision exam is performed to determine overall health of the eye and obtain your current best corrected vision.

Vision plans may have coverage restrictions, such as scheduling one year from previous dates of service. Please check with your carrier for plan details.

Medical Eye Exam

A medical exam is performed for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Common conditions include:

  • Cataracts
  • Dry Eye
  • Diabetes
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Allergies

Medical eye exam visits will be billed you your medical plan and apply to deductible and co-insurance as per your plan guidelines.

While the components of each exam are the same, the coverage for your exam depends on the reason that you are being seen and the results of your exam. Vision plans cover routine eye care and vision hardware, either glasses or contact lenses. Medical insurance must be used for any medical exams, imaging or diagnostic testing.

When scheduling, we will ask what type of appointment you are anticipating and collect insurance information for both medical and vision policies. We may be able to contact your carrier in advance to determine copay information and availability of vision hardware benefits, but we can not guarantee payment. If you have any questions in regards to billing or insurance information, please ask to talk to you of our billing staff.

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