Welcome to Raleigh Ophthalmology. We are honored that you have chosen us as your Eye Care Provider. Our goal is to provide the highest quality care for all our patients in a timely and respectful manner. We have prepared answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions by our patients about eye care services.
Contact lenses require an additional amount of time depending on the complexity of the lens or fitting. Fees for this service are referred to as “Contact Lens Fitting Fees”. The fee includes determining the best type of lens for your eyes, training you how to insert, remove, handle and care for the lenses. Very often additional visits are required in the fitting process especially for new wearers. These additional visits are covered by the total fitting fee. The fitting fee does not cover the actual lenses.
A medical eye exam is typically covered by medical insurance and includes the diagnosis and treatment of eye-related medical diseases and disorders, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, corneal disease, eye infections, dry eye, etc. If there is a medical diagnosis, we are required to submit the examination to the medical, not vision, insurance. Believe it or not, a comprehensive examination that is medical in nature does not include the refraction. Nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and the need for reading glasses are not considered a medical diagnosis. Medical insurance plans will deny this portion of the examination. If separate refraction is done during your eye exam, you will be responsible for the Specialist copay and an additional refraction fee of $50.00.
Patients are expected to provide the necessary forms to be completed and it is the patient’s responsibility to submit the paperwork to the Department of Transportation. Disability forms will be completed based on clinical findings however, the ultimate decision for disability is determined by the disability agency, not the physician.