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05/07/2013
By: kmcdougal
Academy Eye Associates
I can't say enough great things about Dr. Jennifer Powell and her office staff. I am always greeted professionally and appointments pretty much run on time as they realize my time is as valuable as theirs. Dr. Powell always answers all of my concerns and questions spending whatever time it takes. I feel she truly cares and respects me as a patient and I will continue to go to her. I just got my first progressive lens glasses and felt Mack was very helpful with explaining this change. Dr. Powell asked questions to know where I needed to see small print...and it worked! If you need a caring, pleasant optometrist, she is the one!
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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