Nevada Eye Care East / Southeast 2090 East Flamingo Rd. Suite # 100 Las Vegas, Nevada 89119

Nevada Eye Care West / Northwest 7730 West Cheyenne Ave. Suite # 103 Las Vegas, Nevada 89129

(702) 633-2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Eye Doctor | Nevada Eye CareBelow are some of the most Frequently Asked Questions that patients have about their vision and general eye health issues. If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Nevada Eye Care at (702) 633-2020 - we would love to hear from you!

Does Nevada Eye Care take my insurance?
Nevada Eye Care accepts hundreds of different insurance policies. In addition, we also accept most vision plans like VSP, EyeMed, and others. Call us at (702) 633-2020 to insure that we participate with your insurance provider.

How long does an appointment take?
Depending on the problem, a comprehensive eye exam at Nevada Eye Care can easily take 1 to 2 hours. Patients with problems that require additional testing may need more time. Others with simpler conditions can be treated more quickly. We strive always to provide the very best care, and our doctors will always take the necessary time at your visit to make sure you understand your condition and what treatment options are available. Follow this link for more information about Your Visit.

What should I bring with me to my appointment?
It is important that you bring a picture ID, your health insurance card(s), your eyeglasses and contacts, as well as your list of medications. If you were referred to us by your another doctor, you may have paperwork from them as well.

Is there a lot of paperwork?
There is paperwork for any new patients coming to Nevada Eye Care. The forms are available here. You can download it and fill them out in advance, and that can save some time on the day of the appointment.

Will my pupils be dilated?
In most instances, it is considered best to dilate the pupils in order to for the ophthalmologist to see clearly into the eye and check on the health of the lens, vitreous gel, optic nerve and retina. In some instances, this part of the exam can be deferred until another visit.

Can I drive myself, or do I need a driver?
Many patients prefer to have a driver accompany them to the eye doctor, since the dilating drops can affect the vision. However, in most instances, a patient that has been dilated can drive home safely, as long as they use reasonable precautions. We provide temporary, disposable sunglasses that help with the light sensitivity that comes with the use of dilating eyedrops.

What is the difference between a"Medical Exam" and a"Vision Exam"?
A medical exam is a medically necessary, comprehensive examination for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions of the eye (for example, a diabetic eye exam, cataracts, dry eye, glaucoma, macular degeneration) performed by a physician/surgeon. A vision exam is a routine or “Well Vision” exam for people who have no eye disease or symptoms of disease. Your eyes will be examined for any needed correction (glasses or contact lenses, for example) or any potential indicators of eye disease. To learn more about the difference between these types of exams, please click here.

What is a Refraction and a Refraction Fee?
One of the most important parts of your eye exam is the refraction. That is the part of the exam by which we determine whether you can be helped in any way by a new glasses prescription. It is also how we determine the best possible visual acuity and function of your eye, which is essential medical information for us to have as we assess your eyes and look for problems.

Refraction is NOT a covered service by Medicare and many other insurance plans. These plans consider refraction a “Vision" service not a"Medical” service. Our office fee for refraction is $25 (as of 3/1/2013), and unless your plan automatically covers the refraction charge, this fee is collected at the time of service in addition to any co-payment your plan may require.

What is the difference between an ophthalmologist, an optometrist, and an optician?
Your sight depends on seeing the right eye doctor at the right time. When it's time to"get your eyes checked," make sure you are seeing the right eye care professional for your needs. Ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians each play an important role in providing eye care to consumers. But the levels of training and expertise are quite different for each type of provider. Here's a quick look at the three types of eye care providers:

Ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist - Eye M.D. - is a medical or osteopathic doctor who specializes in eye and vision care. Ophthalmologists differ from optometrists and opticians in their levels of training and in what they can diagnose and treat. As a medical doctor who has completed college and at least eight years of additional medical training, an ophthalmologist is licensed to practice medicine and surgery. An ophthalmologist diagnoses and treats all eye diseases, performs eye surgery and prescribes and fits eyeglasses and contact lenses to correct vision problems. Many ophthalmologists are also involved in scientific research on the causes and cures for eye diseases and vision disorders. All of the physicians at Nevada Eye Care are board-certified ophthalmologists.

Optometrist

Optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes. An optometrist is not a medical doctor. An optometrist receives a doctor of optometry (OD) degree after completing four years of optometry school, preceded by three years or more years of college. They are licensed to practice optometry, which primarily involves performing eye exams and vision tests, prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting certain eye abnormalities, and prescribing medications for certain eye diseases.

Optician

Opticians are technicians trained to design, verify and fit eyeglass lenses and frames, contact lenses, and other devices to correct eyesight. They use prescriptions supplied by ophthalmologists, who are medical doctors and surgeons or optometrists, but do not test vision or write prescriptions for visual correction. Opticians are not permitted to diagnose or treat eye diseases.