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Routine Eye Exam vs. Medical Eye Coverage

Regular eye examinations are important to your overall eye health and vital in maintaining vision for your lifetime. In order to understand how the billing of your visit will be handled, it’s important that you be aware of your insurance benefits and how they apply to your appointment. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to know what your insurance policy will or will not cover. Be sure to check your policy to determine benefit coverage prior to your appointment.

For insurance purposes, eye examinations are divided into two categories and benefit coverage for each type of exam varies by insurance policy. You will be asked to verify the reason for your examination. This reason for your visit and your description of current eye conditions will help us to determine whether your clinical visit is defined as a “Routine/Well Vision Exam” or a “Medical Exam” and how your visit is coded and billed to your insurance.

Well Vision Exams

A well vision exam is performed for a patient who has no specific illness, symptoms, complaints, or injury that needs to be treated or diagnosed. The visit will be a comprehensive exam checking overall health of the eye, screening for potential indicators of eye disease and if applicable, supply a glasses or contact lens prescription. If your doctor finds anything abnormal during your well vision exam, further testing of a medical nature may be needed. We may ask that you come back for another visit to complete any testing recommended and further evaluate the medical condition. In this case, your initial visit will be billed as a well vision exam, and the follow up visit will be billed as a medical visit. Well vision exams do not qualify for prescribing medications.

Medical Exam

A medical eye exam is performed for a patient who is being evaluated or treated for a medical condition, symptom, complaint or injury. The visit will be a comprehensive examination for the diagnosis and treatment of disease or condition of the eye. It will evaluate the reasons for symptoms or complaints and assess any treatment needed. Some examples of disease or conditions evaluated in a medical eye exam include but are not limited to: cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, dry eye, conjunctivitis, allergies, etc.

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We are well into the weirdest time any of us have ever experienced. Not since World War II have we seen these kinds of actions and steps to keep us safe.

Bars and restaurants are shuttered by order of the Governor and social distancing leaves many of us confined to our homes. Everyone is more tech savvy as we learn Facetime, Netflix, video streaming and GrubHub.

Businesses are limited to “essential services” only making most of us reorder our priorities. However important we thought our work was before this, we have a new found appreciation for the folks who deliver goods to the store, stock the shelves, scrub the floors and take out the garbage.

Kids are learning online, people who never dreamed they could be working remotely are doing so, and tele-everything is taking off.

With Governor Walz’ announcement on March 25th, we have at least another 2 weeks of Shelter In Place to endure (enjoy?).

At Richie Eye Clinic, we are doing our part, too. We are open on a limited basis for urgent and emergent problems including eye pain, sudden loss of vision, infections, foreign bodies in the eye, and those who are receiving injections for macular degeneration, diabetes, and other retinal issues.

Although we have limited staffing, we are here to answer your questions, so if your call goes to voicemail, please leave a message; we will return your call as soon as possible.

As society continues in “lockdown” mode, rest assured that we are here for you when you need us and, together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,

Mike Richie