There are two types of insurance that cover eye exams, medical and vision insurance. Lyons Family Eye Care must bill the appropriate insurance as legally directed.
Vision insurance (VSP, EyeMed, etc) covers an annual vision exam for glasses and contacts when no medical eye complaint or problem exists.
Medical insurance (BCBS, Medicare, etc) covers an exam when a medical eye complaint or problem exists. Medical eye conditions include dry eyes, ocular allergies, eye infections, glaucoma, cataracts, etc.
Although the examination that you receive may be the same or similar to previous visits, the reason for the exam and the doctor’s diagnosis dictate how we must bill our patients.
Therefore, if you come in for an annual exam with a medical concern such as dry eyes or any other medical diagnosis your medical insurance must be billed. If you come in for annual exam with no complaints or blurry vision which is due to old glasses your vision insurance must be billed.