Finding the Right Eye Care Provider
When you are making the all-important choice for a vision care provider, here are the four guidelines to consider:
- Right Qualified Professional
- Real Cost
Optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians are all vision care professionals who specialize in eye care. How you choose will be determined by your need.
An optometrist can provide yearly eye exams, refill an eyeglass or contact prescription, or medication and treatment for certain eye conditions. An optometrist is not a surgical specialist and cannot treat more serious eye conditions. This is the right choice for a basic eye exam and possible glasses.
An ophthalmologist can provide the same care as an optometrist, and in addition can also perform eye surgery for various diseases and conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, and strabismus surgery. This is a good choice for vision health issues and a long-term relationship, as eye health will most likely change with aging.
An optician can provide routine care, adjustment to glasses and refilling of prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses. They can also answer general eye care questions, but they cannot examine, diagnose or treat diseases of the eye.
Your EyeBenefits membership will provide access to all three types of vision care professionals and ensure they are qualified and credentialled. EyeBenefits can narrow your choice because they’ve done their research and partnered with a variety of nationwide vision care professionals, such as Visionworks.
You certainly should ask family and friends for recommendations, but in addition you need to do your own research. Once you’ve narrowed the field through your EyeBenefits membership, call one or two offices and ask questions pertinent to your eyecare needs. As this may become a long-term relationship, you want to feel comfortable and confident in your vision care professional choice.
Fortunately, web searches offer a plethora of opportunities to find reviews for just about any type of service you seek. And this is the same for vision care professionals. By simply entering your zip code on the above map, you will find the doctors nearest you, which gives you the opportunity to check for reviews.
A friend recently paid over $600 for new glasses, and that was just for lenses because she used her own frames. When she got home, knowing she overpaid, it was too late to cancel the order.
With EyeBenefits membership, you know you are already on the plus side because you will receive a discount. In addition, because it is so easy to search for participating vision care professionals, you can narrow down the real cost before you sign on the bottom line. Cost is where we don’t want any surprises or regret.