Eye Care Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions about eye care, eye appointments, vision issues, and, naturally, everything that relates to your eyes and vision. See below for our top frequently asked questions. We hope this helps if you are wondering the same thing(s) as so many others who come in, call, DM, or email. If you have a question that is not listed here, let us know. We are here for you and are more than happy to try and get all of your eye and vision questions answered!

How often do I need an eye exam?

The frequency of your eye exams depends on your eye health and varies from patient to patient. In addition to ensuring healthy vision, a comprehensive eye exam can detect other health risks such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. We recommend patients who wear corrective lenses or who are over the age of 60 visits us annually. Frequent eye exams or checkups could be needed for patients with certain health conditions (such as diabetes) or certain eye diseases.

How much does an eye exam cost?

During an eye exam, your optometrist can run a variety of tests depending on your symptoms, medical history, and what your eye doctor recommends. Eye exam costs depend on the tests and your insurance coverage. At Eyepic Slope Eye Care, we accept both health insurances and vision plans. We would be happy to give you an estimate before your eye exam.

What are the things that sometimes float across my eyes?

Sometimes, things that look like spots, threads, squiggly lines, or even little cobwebs can come into your line of vision. Chances are they are floaters, which are protein fibers that can clump together and cause the things that look like they are “floating” across your eyes. One or two occasional floaters are nothing to worry about; however, there are times when eye floaters can signal a more serious condition. You should call your eye doctor immediately if you notice a lot of new floaters, a shadow appears in your peripheral, side, vision, and/or a gray curtain covers part of your vision, as these are symptoms of a torn or detached retina.

What is the difference between ophthalmology, optometry, and optical?

Ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians all play important roles in providing eye care to patients, but not everyone knows what each function does. Let us break it down for you.

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (MD) who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists are licensed to practice medicine and surgery. Advanced training in ophthalmology allows ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat a wider range of conditions compared to an optometrist. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all ocular conditions and performs surgeries.

An optometrist is a doctor who has earned the Doctor of Optometry degree (OD). Optometrists are primary health care specialists, trained to examine defects in vision, ocular injuries, ocular diseases, and problems with general health that may affect the eyes like diabetes and hypertension. Optometrists offer clinical advice and can prescribe for glasses and contacts.

An optician is trained to check and fit optical frames and lenses.  They use the prescriptions written by either the optometrists and ophthalmologists but do not perform the examinations or write prescriptions. At Eyepic, our opticians are highly trained on the most up-to-date innovations in lens technology and eyewear trends to ensure superior vision is achieved.

What other eye care services do you provide?

From comprehensive medical eye exams to specialty eye care such as myopia control, dry eye management, cataracts surgery, and glaucoma treatment, our optometrists and ophthalmologists are always a step ahead to provide our patients with the most complete eye care possible. You can find our services here:  https://www.eyepiceyecare.com/services/.

What insurances do you accept?

Eyepic Eye Care strives to serve our patients with the best eye care experience possible. For this reason, we try to accept as many insurance and vision plans as we can. You can find a list of the current insurance plans we accept here: https://www.eyepiceyecare.com/insurances/

What are my insurance benefits?

Your insurance provider can give you all your insurance coverage. We will review with you your benefits at the time of your visit to make sure you do not leave with an unexpected bill.

What do I need to bring for my appointment?

You should bring a valid government ID such as driver license as well as any medical and/or vision coverage cards you may have. You should also bring anything related to your eye health such as sunglasses, glasses, contact lens box if you have any.

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  1. Thank you for telling us that it is recommended for patients who wear corrective lenses to visit an eye care clinic every year for checkups to detect other health risks and ensure healthy vision. My eyesight has gotten worse over the years, so I’m planning to see an optician about it soon. I’ll be sure to drop by an eye care clinic this weekend once I’ve made an appointment.

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