Will my insurance cover any of these services?

Yes, Medicare Part B with a non-HMO supplement will usually cover the examination and OT training. Medicare and secondary insurances typically do NOT cover the low vision refraction portion of the exam. Many private PPO medical plans will cover the exam and OT services but may be subject to a deductible or copay.  

Standard vision plans do NOT cover low vision services. 

Many HMO plans do NOT cover our services.  In the case your insurance does not cover our services you can discuss the cost of our services with our administrative staff. 

Will my insurance pay for glasses or low vision equipment?

Most insurances do NOT cover low vision devices such as magnifiers, prismatic spectacles, video magnifiers, telescopic lenses, or standard ophthalmic glasses. 

How long will my initial visit last?

Please plan to be in our office for at least 2 hours. 

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please be sure to bring a picture ID, insurance cards, a list of current medications, and any glasses or low vision equipment you currently use. 

How do I prepare for my appointment?

Think about your daily activities and those tasks that are difficult to perform now, ie. reading, writing, television viewing, cooking, washing clothes, etc.

Will I get new glasses?

Many times when patients are referred to our office traditional prescription glasses are no longer effective or a change is not necessary.  With many eye diseases and injuries structures in the eye have been damaged such that standard reading or distance glasses do not improve vision.  Other devices must then be used to modify the size of the object viewed.  If regular ophthalmic glasses do improve vision a prescription will be issued. 

Frequently asked questions

Darshna Salh, OD

Bonnie Smith, OTR/L, Certified Low Vision Therapist