What to expect

What insurance plans do you take?
We are contracted with Medicare, MediCal, most PPO plans, MESVision, and VSP. Please call for further details.

What is the difference between Vision Insurance and Health Insurance?
Vision Insurance (VSP, MESVision) is designed to cover usual vision exams (glasses checks and a dilated screening exam.) It may also help cover your purchase of glasses or contact lenses. It will not cover special testing or treatment for diseases of the eyes that can lead to vision loss (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration) as these are considered medical problems. Health Insurance will cover medical eye exams (for redness, allergies, headaches, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.) It will cover special testing for these conditions. It will not cover the portion of the exam that is for a regular glasses check, and it will not help pay for glasses or contact lenses. Please call us for more details on what your plans will cover.

How long does an exam take?
Please schedule a minimum of one hour for a complete examination.

Will my eyes be dilated?
Eyes are typically dilated for new patients, compete examinations or changes in vision. Dilation lasts about four hours. Most feel safe drive home with dark glasses we provide. If you are not sure how dilation will affect your ability to drive, please arrange for a ride home.

Do you use the “puff of air” test?
No, we use a far more comfortable and accurate test for eye pressure.

How often do I need an eye exam?
We recommend anyone with a change in distance or near vision get an eye exam. We recommend yearly eye examinations for anyone with a prescription that has changed in the past 2 years. We recommend a yearly eye examination for people over 50. We recommend everyone else get an eye examination every few years.

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