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07/31/2014
By: Mark W.
Cook Joshua J OD
This man never seemed to really listen to what I was telling him about my painful eye condition. In fact, he left me with the distinct impression that he thought my concerns irrelevant. He finished with a cheerful assurance that everything was under control, despite the fact that he could not explain the cause of the recurring pain. The eye continued to deteriorate under his treatment and I ended up being treated in a hospital emergency room two days later. They got me in touch with a real opthalmologist's office, where the problem was quickly diagnosed and immediate and effective treatment and pain control measures provided--thank God. I am sorry to have to say that I would NOT recommend going to this man if there is any possibility that you have a serious eye problem.
Tips & Advices
To find a professional that fits your needs and wants, look for an optometrist with the proper licensing and compliance with state-specific legalities as well as these qualities: attentiveness, ability to listen, ethics, compassion, ability to communicate effectively and willingness to spend time with patients.
Vision, like dental, is often an additional voluntary cost for employers who provide health care coverage. As a result, it may not be included in basic company-sponsored insurance. Those who do have access to this type of coverage - or Medicare - often only pay for a portion of their eye exam services.
The cost of an appointment with an optometrist varies based on the services required. While a typical eye exam can range from $50 to $250, depending on location. If if glasses or contact lenses are prescribed, or tests are needed, the overall expense of an optometrist visit can increase.
The American Optometric Association recommended that patients have their first eye exam at six months of age, followed by another at 3 years old, and again at school age. At that point, Regular annual exams are recommended.
Ophthalmologists are eye doctors that have received higher levels of training than both opticians and optometrists, and can also perform eye surgery when necessary. Opticians design and fit eyeglasses, frames, and lenses that are prescribed by optometrists and ophthalmologists. They do not perform vision tests or write prescriptions for visual aids. Optometrists fall between ophthalmologists and opticians. Optometrists can detect and treat eye abnormalities, prescribe lenses, and complete eye exams, but cannot perform eye surgery.

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