"Took my son in for new contacts. Since his prescription changed slightly, we were trying to decide whether or not to update his glasses (which he rarely wears). We were told that with our insurance the total cost would be $204 for glasses & contacts. A week later we picked up the glasses & contacts. I was surprised when they said we owed an additional $108 for the contacts. It appears that 'total cost' doesn't mean all that you will owe at First Eye Care. I told the office manager that we were told our total cost would be $204 for everything & that's why I decided to buy the glasses. The office manager was unsympathetic. She was incapable of making a decision because the Dr. Catuncan was out of country. She knew that the $108 pmt would cost her 3 patients, but she didn't care. She "couldn't give me the contacts for free." That's okay, there are plenty of other places in the DFW area for eye care with competent staff that won't mislead their patients. First Eye Care Bedford is not one of those offices. If you want to deal with competent staff that gives honest cost information upfront, I recommend you find someplace else. In addition, we have excellent vision insurance, so paying $312 for the exam, one box of contacts, and single vision glasses is extremely overpriced. This bad experience probably saved us a lot of money in the long run..."
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.