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FAQ

What is the difference between and ophthalmologist and an optometrist?

An ophthalmologist is a specialist in eye and vision care. They diagnose and treat all eye diseases and perform surgeries. Dr. Andrew Jusko, Dr. Larry Litscher and Dr. Elizabeth Arsenio are our ophthalmologists at Eyesight And Surgery. Dr. Andrew Jusko performs cataract and other surgeries. Click here to read more. 

Eyesight and Surgery’s Optometrists, Dr. William Derr, Dr. Christopher Symolon, and Dr. Katherine Skarbez are experts at fitting the most advanced technology in contact lenses. We offer fitting exams and can order your contact lens supplies for you.

Do I need to see an optometrist or an ophthalmologist for a general eye exam?

An Optometrist does standard vision screenings for glasses and contact lenses, which can include Diabetic eye exams, but may send you to a specialist MD for medical problems.

About how long will the appointment take?

You should expect to be at your appointment for 1-2+ hours depending on the type of exam and planned testing. Some appointments may take less time but we want you to be prepared.

Do I really need a driver for this appointment? Will I be dilated?

A driver is recommended if you are going to be dilated, as your vision may be blurred from dilation. If you haven’t had a problem before, you may use your judgment. You should be prepared for dilation at each visit, even if you were dilated at a previous visit.

What is a refraction?

The refraction test is an eye exam that measures a person’s prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Refractions are typically not covered by most insurance plans.

Why do you have to check my vision today? You just checked it last week!

Vision can change for many reasons, such as medical conditions, just as pulse rate and blood pressure can change.

Why do I suddenly need glasses to read?

In most people, our ability to focus up close decreases as we age into our forties and beyond. This can be corrected with prescription reading glasses or bifocals.

Why do I have to have another Visual Field test when I had one last year?

Visual field tests are usually done yearly, sometimes every 6 months. This test is done to check for peripheral vision loss.

How much is a contact lens exam?

If you are a new patient, it ranges from $110 to $200, depending on the type of lenses fit. If you have never worn lenses before, there is a $70 fee for the instruction appointment.

If you are an existing patient, it is $65 for annual refit.

Why do I need a contact lens exam every year?

A contact lens prescription is valid for one year. All patients are required to be seen for an annual contact
lens exam. This is necessary to assure your eyes are still healthy and the contact lenses are still fitting
well. Contact lens prescriptions cannot be renewed without this exam.

What is the best way to clean my eyeglasses?

Coming soon

What is a copay, deductible, and co-insurance?

A copay (or copayment) is a flat fee that you pay on the spot each time you go to your doctor or fill a prescription. Copays cover your portion of the cost of a doctor’s visit or medication. The amount of your copay varies based on the plan you have chosen.

A deductible is the amount you pay for most eligible medical services or medications before your health plan begins to share in the cost of covered services.

Coinsurance is a portion of the medical cost you pay after your deductible has been met. Coinsurance is a way of saying that you and your insurance carrier each pay a share of eligible costs that add up to 100 percent.