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We found 7 optometrists who accept Medicare near San Luis Obispo, CA.

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Specializes in Optometry
628 California Boulevard; Suite D
San Luis Obispo, CA
 

Dr. Kimberly Johnson is an optometrist. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Shield, and more.

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Specializes in Optometry
3855 Broad Street; Suite B
San Luis Obispo, CA
 

Dr. Scot Class' specialty is optometry (primary eye care). Dr. Class is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield Catastrophic, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Choice.

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Specializes in Optometry
3855 Broad Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
 

Dr. Rupert Chowins is an optometrist in San Luis Obispo, CA. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Chowins is in-network for Blue Shield, Anthem, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Optometry
695 Santa Rosa Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
 

Dr. Glenn Parnes specializes in optometry (primary eye care) and practices in San Luis Obispo, CA. The average patient rating for Dr. Parnes is 5.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze.

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Specializes in Optometry
894 Meinecke Avenue; Suite A
San Luis Obispo, CA
 

Dr. Amanda Parreira practices optometry (primary eye care) in San Luis Obispo, CA. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Specializes in Optometry
1270 Peach Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
 

Dr. Thomas Rippner is an optometrist. Dr. Rippner accepts the following insurance: Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare.

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Specializes in Optometry
1157 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
 

Dr. Charles Hammer works as an optometrist in San Luis Obispo, CA. Dr. Hammer takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare insurance.

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What is Optometry?

Optometry is primary care for vision, dealing with vision correction and certain diseases of the eye. Optometrists are the medical providers who prescribe glasses and contact lenses, and they are usually the ones who perform annual eye exams.

Optometrists attend four years of graduate school after college to study the health, function, and care of the eye before they become licensed. They are not medical doctors, unlike ophthalmologists, so they cannot perform surgery. However, optometrists can diagnose diseases of the eye and prescribe vision therapy, medications, and vision correction, such as glasses.

Some common conditions that may be seen by an optometrist include:
  • Refractive disorders, such as myopia and astigmatism, which require lenses to correct the vision
  • Glaucoma, a condition where increased pressure within the eye leads to damage to the optic nerve, the nerve that carries light images from the eye to the brain
  • Dry eye, where there are insufficient tears to lubricate the eye
  • Common infections of the eye, such as conjunctivitis

An optometry exam involves checking the patient’s vision as well as the eye itself and the tissues surrounding the eye. Optometrists may check the pressure of the eye or test to see how well the eyes focus and move. They may ask about any problems, discomfort, or concerns the patient has experienced related to their eyes.

Optometrists are the first stop for most people who need a medical provider to care for their vision health.