FAQs

Do you except Medicare or Medicaid? 

Yes

Do I need a Referral to see Dr. Affleck?

No, in most cases.  Check with your insurance to confirm a referral requirement.

Is Affleck Eye Care excepting New Patients?

Yes, currently.

When is it Urgent that I see an Ophthalmologist?

See Dr. Affleck or Go to an ER immediately if you experience any of the following…
  • Sudden, painless, severe loss of vision
  • Sudden eye pain or discomfort
  • Gradually worsening eye pain
  • Sudden light flashes and floaters
  • Redness or discharge in a contact lens wearer
  • Chemical burns
  • Eye feel like something is in it
  • Eye had trauma, especially if there is loss of vision or pain
  • After surgery or treatment
    Loss, or change vision
    Worsening pain
    Worsening redness or discharge

Will my vision coverage insurance pay for my exam with Affleck Eye Care?

Affleck Eye Care will try and assist you with insurance; however, insurance plans differ with each patient and are complex.  It is each patient’s responsibility to know what their insurance will cover.  One key item to understand is when you have an exam with Dr. Affleck (a medical doctor) you most always need a “medical diagnosis” in order for your insurance to pay for the visit.  Eyeglasses and contact lens prescription problems are excluded as a medical diagnosis for most insurances.   Most insurances will pay for those needs under “routine coverage” in your “vision plan” or "vision coverage" and not your “Medical insurance”. Typically, your vision plan will allow one “routine” eye visit a year with us.  This visit is a short visit to prescribe glasses or contact, and is not an in depth examination of eyes.  Many times your vision plan will cover the purchase of glasses.  

Do you have an optical shop?

Yes
 
 

What is the difference between an Eye MD (or Ophthalmologist) and an Optometrist?

Ophthalmologists and Optometrists perform some similar functions and that is why there is confusion on how they are different.  They have differences in training and expertise which is why for most people having both an Ophthalmologist and an Optometrist on their health provider team is ideal.

The best way to explain the difference and determine when to see one or the other is to understand what services each provide and their training.

What is An Ophthalmologist?

Dr. Affleck is an Ophthalmologist or medical doctor of the eye also called a medical eye specialist and can provide complete medical and surgcial eye care.  Click here to learn more

What is An Optometrist? 

An Optometrist is a licensed health care professional who provides primary eye care services.  In each state an optometrist allowed services may vary. Click here to learn more. 
 

Can Dr. Affleck and my Optometrist work together in managing my eye care?

Yes, Dr. Affleck encourages a teamwork approach. 

When should I routinely see an Ophthalmologist?

You should always seek regular eye care.  However, a complete eye evaluation from an Eye M. D. like Dr. Affleck is vital at particular stages in a person's life to protect your eyes and detect disease early.  Some eye conditions have no symptoms until it is quite advanced.  Schedule an exam with Dr. Affleck during ages...

Birth to 6 months one evaluation is needed if recommended by your child's pediatrician. 

7 month to 5 years an evaluation is needed if, the child appears to have crossed eyes, lazy eyes, droopy eyelids, or frequent glass prescription errors.  Early treatment for these conditions increases success rates.

Age 40 is a good time to get a base line examination.  It is especially needed if you have a family history of eye disease or ocular defects.

After age 50 is when eye problems dramatically increase.  Dr. Affleck strongly recommends an extensive and complete dilated exam every two years after age 50 to assess eye health and diagnose any eye conditions.
 
Also schedule regular exam for medical conditions like diabetes or when taking certains medications. 

Protecting your eyes, and early detection and treatment of eye problems, are the best ways to take care of your vision throughout life. Call us for more details.

Does Medicare cover glaucoma screening exams? 

Yes, and the exam may be given once every 12 months.
The screening for Glaucoma includes a dilated eye exam with an intraocular pressure measurement and a direct opthalmoscopy exam or a slit-lamp biomicroscopic exam.
You are eligible if you have the following high risk factors: 
 
  • if you have diabetes
  • a family history of glaucoma
  • are African-American and 50 or older
  • are Hispanic and 65 or older.