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By: Bonnie R.
Ambrosino Kimberly OD
I spent years trying to find an ophthalmologist who could get my daughter's Rx right (she's had glasses since she was 1)...and once she decided she wanted contacts, the quest seemingly began again (hindered, additionally, by a severe astigmatism AND severe contact-allergies). Our pediatric ophthalmologist recommended Dr. Ambrosino as she had "heard" that Dr. Ambrosino was great with contacts. It was the best move we've made. She's been our primary vision Doc since then (several years now), as we have seen better results with her than any Dr we've had in the past 16 years. My expectations were honestly low due to her office being attached to a Sam's Club and her lack of specialized training, but she's been a God-sent to us these past few years and I would highly recommend her. She's very conscientious about making sure my daughter's contacts are comfortable and getting the Rx right, which many prior Drs had not even followed up on. It took a few visits to get them as comfortable as possible for my daughter (thanks to all the limitations), but Dr. Ambrosino has been incredibly helpful and considerate the entire time. Even though her office doesn't take our insurance, we opt to pay out of pocket in order to get the quality of care she provides...and that says a lot!
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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