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By: Matt C.
The Eye Institute Of West Florida
The staff were very nice and helpful. The doc explained my options and issues with my vision in a way that made sense to me. I will be back and recommend to others to check them out.
By: Ed H.
The Eye Institute Of West Florida
About 2 years ago went for a glaucoma consult. As a "self-pay" patient I was more than shocked at check out to hear a bill of 800 dollars, I complained and finally the Manager reduced the bill to 480 dollars, mind you that not even a visual fields test was done. While other testing was done, NEVER in my life (going to ophthalmologists for 30 plus years) was presented with a billing like that. Additionally, I waited 2 hours 15 minutes to be seen for that complete waste of time. BEWARE of this place.
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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