Insurance: Definitely A Factor To Consider For Eyecare
Will Your Eye Appointment Be Covered By Insurance?
Before you start searching for an optometrist, it is a good idea to see what your insurance covers. Many insurance companies now offer coverage for a visit to an optometrist, as they know that it is more lucrative for them to cover preventative care than it would be if they had to pay for serious problems in the future. Contact your insurance company and ask them what type of insurance coverage you have for your eye care, and if there are any specific optometrists that you need to go to. Some insurance companies have no problem covering your optometrist visit, but they want you to use the optometrists that they have selected in your area.
If your insurance does cover your eye care and does not have a list of specified optometrists that you have to use, contact a local optometrist that you are comfortable with to set up an appointment. Before you actually make the appointment, however, you should double check with them to see if they accept your insurance. While most optometrist offices will accept a wide variety of different types of insurance, some of them have limitations on which companies they will work with, so it is always a good idea to check with them before you actually schedule the visit.
If you don't have insurance, or if your insurance doesn't cover a visit to the optometrist, there are still options available for you to get your eyes checked. One is to look to the state for help. Some states have special programs that can help you get your eyes checked for a nominal fee. Most people, however, find that they can work with their optometrist's office to set up a payment plan. Some offices will allow you to pay a discounted rate if you pay for the visit up front, while others will actually work out a payment plan to assist you with your financial needs. There are also special credit cards that exist to be used expressly for medical treatments, such as eye care.
If you haven't had your eyes checked in awhile, it is a good idea to do so. Make sure you check with your insurance company first to see what type of eye care they cover, and with your optometrist's office to see if they accept your insurance. Once you have found an optometrist's office that will work with you, set up an appointment and make sure that you visit them on a regular basis to keep your eyes as healthy as possible.
by: Roger Ubik