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General Information

First visits and complete evaluations usually require one to two hours. Return appointments may be made at the front desk as you leave the office. Please bring all of your insurance information, contact lenses, eye glasses, and a list of all medications that you may be taking.

If you need to cancel an appointment, please let us know as early as possible so that we may offer your time to another patient.

FEES AND INSURANCE

We are concerned with providing the highest quality, affordable eye care. It is your responsibility to know which providers are in your network and which services are covered by your insurance plan. Our financial policies allow us to reduce administrative costs without diminishing the quality of our service to you. They are:

Office visits: We request payment on the day of your visit. Our staff will be happy to file your insurance for you. If your insurance requires a co-pay, we ask that you pay it at the time service is rendered. We do accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express credit cards.

Surgery: We will discuss estimated fees and insurance coverage with you prior to scheduling surgery. Our surgical facilities have been approved by most local insurance companies, including Medicare.

Insurance: We participate with many insurance plans but not all. If you provide us with your current insurance information we will file a claim for you for any medically necessary services. If you have coverage for routine eye exams and care you must inform us at the time of your visit so we get that recorded properly and file the appropriate claim. It is your responsibility to know which providers are in your network and which services are covered by your plan.

Medicare: We are participating physicians, accepting what Medicare allows as full payment (not what Medicare pays). Once you have met your deductible, Medicare pays 80% of the allowed charge, leaving 20% your responsibility to pay. If you have supplemental insurance that may cover all or part of the 20% co-insurance and/or deductible.

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Helpful Links

Willcockson Eye Associates, P.C. has no control over or responsibility for the content of linked sites.

American Academy of Ophthalmology - The largest membership association of Eye MDs with over 7,000 members internationally. The website provides an in-depth look at eye care health, while providing their membership with ongoing learning and support.

GetEyeSmart.org - This is the American Academy of Ophthalmology's public education website.

Eye Surgery Education Council - This site provides information for patients, their families, and interested members of the public on a variety of common vision problems and therapies. The material on the site has been reviewed for accuracy and balance by panels of leading eye surgeons who comprise the ASCRS Foundation’s Eye Surgery Education Council (ESEC).

National Eye Institute - The National Eye Institute was established by Congress in 1968 to protect and prolong the vision of the American people. Their main purpose is to develop public and professional education programs to help prevent blindness, reduce visual impairment, and increase awareness of services and devices that are available for people with low vision.

WebMD - A source for credible health information and educational services on many health topics.

American Board of Ophthalmology - The ABO is an independent, non-profit organization responsible for the certification and continuing learning for ophthalmic practices across the country.

All About Vision - A guide to eye care, LASIK laser eye surgery, eyeglasses, contact lenses, low vision, eye exams, computer vision syndrome, glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye problems and diseases. Contains eye doctor Q&A’s, frequently asked questions, and much more.

Contact Lens Council - Mycontactlenses.org is sponsored by the Contact Lens Council, a nonprofit educational resource on vision correction for consumers. The primary goal of the Contact Lens Council is to promote the safe use of contact lenses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Cataract?

Opacity or cloudiness of the crystalline lens, which may prevent a clear image from forming on the retina. Surgical removal of the lens may be necessary if visual loss becomes significant, with lost optical power replaced with an intraocular lens. May be congenital or caused by trauma, disease, or age.

What is premium cataract surgery?

Premium cataract surgery refers to the services involved in implanting one of the new multifocal or toric intraocular lenses during cataract surgery. Almost 100% of people these days have a lens implanted in their eye to replace the cloudy lens removed in cataract surgery. The normal lens used is a monofocal lens that will give excellent distance vision for most people. If a person would like more independence from eyeglasses for mid-range and close-up work than they will have with the normal intraocular lens they can decide to pay an additional amount over and above what their insurance or Medicare will pay to have a premium lens implanted.

The additional cost is for the additional measurements, tests, and calculations needed before the surgery and additional care after surgery compared to normal cataract surgery. There is also the additional cost of the premium lens itself over and above the cost of the normal lens. Our doctors will discuss the premium lens with you at the time of your evaluation for cataract surgery.

Karen Dickes, DO
Gregory Kouri, OD
Brady Betten