At West Branch Eyecare every eye examination is a complete, thorough, professional examination, with considerable focus on the health of your eyes. Digital photography is used to create a permanent record of retinal and ocular structures. Automated instrumentation is used to document eye curvatures, visual field status, and eye alignment. Scanning Laser technology is used to evaluate the health of the macular and retinal nerve fiber layer. A Tear Osmolarity unit documents and categorizes dry eye conditions.
We diagnose and treat eye diseases. Your eye examination includes evaluation for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other eye diseases. Every visit is customized to your needs depending upon:
Length of time since previous exam.
Previously diagnosed medical eye condition.
General health care issues (diabetes, high blood pressure).
Specific requirements of your vision plan or medical insurance plan.
State laws and regulations relative to health care in general and eye examinations specifically.
You can be confident that we are concerned with your general health and especially the health of your eyes at every visit. You may be here for new glasses or contact lenses. You may be concerned about the health of your eyes. You may have a family member who has recently been diagnosed with an eye problem. Whatever the reason for your eye exam, our doctors and staff will identify any vision or health issues for you and provide you with our recommendations for ensuring the best possible outcomes.
Good health and good vision are inseparable. Everyone in our office is committed to helping you have both.
Your examinations may be billable through vision insurance plans or through your major medical insurance when applicable.
Our frame inventory is extensive, with most frames ranging from $79 to $159. Our inventory is being regularly updated, so you can be sure you have the latest fashions from which to choose.
Our spectacle lenses are of the finest quality, meeting or exceeding the national standards for accuracy and quality. We offer the latest technology in high index (thin), progressive (no-line), photochromic (sun-activated), polarized and anti-reflective coated (glare reduction) lenses.
Our opticians will help you to select the lens type and options that are best for you. Each lens will then be designed and custom fit for your specific frame and eyes. Most lenses are cut in our on-site laboratory.
We are distributors of all major contact lens types.
Although most people can be fitted for contact lenses, the key to successful wearing rests to a large extent upon the wearer. Safe and satisfying contact lens wear is achieved when the following four things exist:
Motivation - your desire to wear contact lenses and your willingness to go through the adaptation period.
Cooperation - your attention to the details of wearing schedules, lens handling and cleaning.
Follow Up Care - your attention to regularly scheduled appointments.
Fit - our ability to fit the correct lenses the correct way.
Not every person who is fitted with contact lenses will be a successful wearer, but we do guarantee our contact lenses. If there is a justifiable reason why contact lens wear must be discontinued within the first 90 days, we will credit your account upon receipt of the lenses. The credit will be prorated based on the professional services performed up to that time.
Plano (non-prescription) sunglasses are available from OAKLEY, RAYBAN, CARRERA, and others.
Photochromic (sun-activated) lenses are designed to change from clear to various degrees of darkness, depending on levels of ultra-violet light. These lenses help to alleviate eyestrain and are available in almost every lens type.
Polarized (glare-reducing) lenses virtually eliminate glare from flat, reflective surfaces such as car hoods, water, snow, and roads. This provides the wearer with comfort and freedom from eyestrain. They are great lenses for fishermen who want to improve their ability to see into the lake or stream.
Prescription sunglasses provide sun protection that is usually superior to photochromics because they are not dependent on ultra-violet light to darken. This provides better protection for driving, a situation where the UV light is filtered out by the windshield before activating the photochromic lenses. We provide excellent discounts on sunglasses when purchased as a second pair.
Magni-clips are another excellent way to provide sun protection. Like a standard clip-on, they can be polarized and offer 'non-UV dependent' protection. They have the additional convenience of quickly and easily fastening to the frame magnetically.
We prefer to protect your eyes from damage, which minimizes the need for us to treat preventable eye problems. We offer safety eyewear packages to employers willing to partner with us, and we offer substantial discounts to patients who purchase industrial safety glasses. Take care of your eyes. You'll need them for a very long time.
West Branch Eyecare accepts both Medical Insurance and Vision Discount Plans. You may have one, or both of these plans. We are participating providers with Blue Cross, Medicare, Medicaid (Traditional, McLaren, Meridian Medical [not vision], Molina), MESSA, VSP (Vision Service Plan), EyeMed and others. We do not participate with Discount Only Plans that require us to discount services with no reimbursement from the company which distributes the discount cards.
If we are not on the panel of providers for your insurance, our biller will gladly assist you with the paperwork necessary to obtain reimbursement.
Your responsibility for Examination Fees will be as follows:
Medical Insurance: Your Medical Insurance Plan will be billed when you have a medical eye condition. You will be responsible for any unmet Plan Deductible as well as any Plan Copayment. Because very few plans cover retinal photos or a refraction, your charges will be as follows:
Unmet Deductible specified
Exam Copayment specified
1. Refraction............... $39.00
Vision Discount Plans: Your Vision Insurance Plan will be billed only when there is no medical eye diagnosis. Vision plans are discount arrangements that usually require a copayment towards examinations and materials. It is extremely rare that a Vision Plan will cover the supplemental testing that West Branch Eyecare performs in our thorough ocular health assessment and early disease detection. Your charges will be as follows:
Exam Copayment specified
2. Retinal photos........ $10.00
1. Refraction - determination of prescription for best visual acuity to assess medical condition progression.
2. Retinal Photos - screening photo documentation of retinal structures which provides sequential comparison of retinal integrity.