Why do I need a regular eye exam?
In order to maintain healthy vision, it is important to have regular eye exams. Early detection and treatment of vision challenges by an eye doctor can be the key to preventing vision loss.
While some eye diseases have apparent symptoms such as red eyes, light sensitivity, or flashing lights, many serious, vision-threatening problems have no warning signs.
Many debilitating eye diseases can be diagnosed by your eye doctor before noticeable symptoms occur, potentially making the difference between minor damage and major vision loss.
A comprehensive eye examination involves a series of tests designed to evaluate your vision and check for eye diseases. Each test is necessary and allows your doctor to evaluate different aspects of your vision
We offer our patients a full range of specialties within one practice, so you can easily find the diagnosis and treatment you need to regain clear and comfortable vision. If a routine exam uncovers any issues, you’ll have an entire team of expert physicians working in tandem to protect your vision and health.
What is a routine eye exam?
A routine eye exam — as defined by insurance companies — is an office visit for the purpose of checking vision, screening for eye disease, and/or updating eyeglass or contact lens prescriptions. Routine eye exams produce a final diagnosis, like nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism.
Vision insurance plans provide coverage for routine exams, glasses and contact lenses, or at least provide some type of discount on your doctor’s fees. A routine eye exam is billed to your vision insurance plan. By law, Medicare does not pay for routine vision exams.
What is a medical eye exam?
A medical eye exam produces a medical diagnosis such as conjunctivitis, dry eye, glaucoma, or cataracts. Depending on your policy, your medical insurance may cover a medical exam, but not pay for the exam if it is a routine eye exam. Examinations for medical eye care, assessment of an eye complaint, or a follow up on an existing medical condition are billed to your medical insurance plan.
What is refraction?
The refraction is a measurement that determines your eye’s best vision. Determining your best vision is the only way to begin an evaluation of your eye health. The information gathered during a refraction typically yields an up-to-date prescription for glasses and/or contact lenses. It will be at your discretion whether or not glasses and/or contact lenses are then pursued.
Many medical insurance plans, including Medicare, consider the refraction to fall under vision insurance and is therefore not covered. However, there are many cases in which this information is still necessary to appropriately care for your eyes. Under these circumstances, the refraction is charged separately and paid directly by you, the patient. If you have a separate vision plan that covers visual or annual eye examinations, please let us know. Your vision plan may pay for these fees that are not covered by your medical plan.
Jervey Eye Care supports your optical needs with expertly crafted eyeglasses, sunglasses, and contact lenses. Our optical and contact lens shops are conveniently located in each of our four locations. Our licensed and experienced staff will demonstrate and explain all the latest lens designs and lens treatments to make your glasses look thinner, feel lighter, eliminate glare and give better vision. We also carry a wide variety of contact lenses to meet your vision needs.
At Jervey Eye Group, we strive to keep you informed and educated regarding your eye health. As part of this effort, we offer helpful videos about retina care and what to expect with surgery. Take a few minutes to explore, and if you have any questions, ask your doctor when you visit.
Our modern, efficient facilities include four offices in Greenville, Simpsonville, and Easley. Each offers one-stop convenience for examinations, eyewear selection, purchase, and fittings.