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Vision insurance is designed to help lessen the financial burden of a routine eye exam, where the purpose is to check the eyes for the need for glasses, as well as for the glasses themselves (contact lenses and evaluation are also sometimes covered by vision insurance with a copay).
Medical insurance is designed to help lessen the financial burden of a visit where the purpose is anything BUT the determination of the need for glasses. This can include, but is not limited to, evaluating for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye checks, or treating eye injuries or infections. It should be noted that the determination of the glasses prescription (a.k.a. the refraction) is typically not a covered procedure by medical insurances.
The purpose of an eye exam is not only to determine a glasses prescription, but also to check the health of the eyes. Good vision does not always indicate good health, so it’s important to have the eyes checked in their entirety on a regular basis.
Online refractions produces a small snapshot of a passable prescription for spectacles, but it doesn’t balance your binocular vision, account for visual hygiene (ergonomics of the eyes), your visual needs, and most importantly, cannot replace the detailed examination of your eyes for ocular health, detection, prevention, and treatment of eye disease that may be connected to your systemic health. Ironically, it’s usually the electronic devices held up close that may cause damage to your ocular health in the first place. Very real examples of conditions our doctors at Vision Dynamics would not want to miss include quiet, seemingly slow and unnnoticable disease such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, hypertension, or cataracts. Most conditions are preventable when detected early.
We only use optical labs that we love and trust. Due to the quality we demand from them, the general turnaround time is roughly 7-10 business days. We do our best to accommodate emergencies where a rush job has been requested, but due to each circumstance being different, we are unable to make any promises on rush time-frame.
Whenever you buy a product online, sight unseen, there is a certain amount of risk that the product you receive may not be what you expected or ordered. When you purchase your glasses online, there is no way for you to confirm that the prescription in the lenses is actually what you ordered. So while it can be cheaper to purchase your eyewear online, going through your local optometry office provides you with face-to-face trouble shooting and tailored customer service as well as complimentary adjustments and simple repairs. In this case, we believe the old adage holds true, “you get what you pay for”. The repurchase rate for online frames is very low because although the initial experience is fun, the quality of the frames don’t old up combined with the distortion caused by cheaply made lenses simply doesn’t add up.