Eye Exams Can Reveal Life-Threatening Conditions
The entire team at Family EyeCare Associates cares about your vision and eye health and wants to stress the importance of annual comprehensive eye exams. Eye exams can reveal undiagnosed diabetes by detecting damaged blood vessels within the retina or undiagnosed high blood pressure, allowing these conditions to be treated early, in time to prevent life-altering blindness or stroke. Heart disease, indicated by deposits of cholesterol and blockages in blood vessels, can also be detected during a routine eye exam. Of course, cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can be detected early allowing for more effective treatment.
The Team at Family EyeCare Associates Wants to Serve You
Perhaps you’re new to the Tacoma area, or you don’t have a regular optometrist. For more than 33 years, Tacoma, Washington residents have known that Family EyeCare Associates is synonymous with quality eye care. We pride ourselves in our caring customer service and family friendly atmosphere, and look forward to becoming your eye doctors. We know you have many choices in eye care. Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you in the office very soon!
We Probably Accept Your Vision and Health Insurance Plans
There are two types of health insurance that may help pay for the eye care services and/or eyewear you receive from our office:
1) VISION: Davis, VSP, NBN, etc.
2) MEDICAL: Regence, Medicare, Premera, First Choice, United Healthcare, etc.
You may have both types of insurance. Family EyeCare Associates accepts the insurance plans listed above and many others in both categories.
Vision plans cover routine (usually annual) vision wellness exams, along with eyeglasses and contact lenses. Near-sightedness, Far-sightedness, Astigmatism and Presbyopia are examples of what these insurance plans label as ‘routine’ diagnoses.
Medical insurance must be used for medical eye care. It usually covers the diagnosis, management and treatment of eye health problems. Conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, red eyes and other non-routine conditions are covered by medical insurance. Office visits for these conditions occur whenever the need arises, outside of your annual routine exam.
If you have both types of insurance plans it may be necessary for us to bill some services to one plan and some services to the other. We will follow a procedure called ‘coordination of benefits’ to maximize your insurance benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket expenses.
If some fees are not paid by your insurance, such as deductibles, co-pays or non-covered services or products (as allowed by the insurance contract), you will be billed by our office and will be responsible for the remaining balance.
Provide your insurance cards to our office staff so we can make copies for your file. Even if you are coming in for a routine exam, we would like to have your medical insurance or Medicare card on file so that we can efficiently bill your medical insurance in the future.
To make it easier for our patients to pay for their eye exams and materials, our office accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. If you need to extend your payments Care Credit is also available through our office.