Regardless of your age, it is imperative to undergo regular eye examinations in order to prevent and detect eye disease. The human eye is constantly changing from year to year. Certain conditions, including glaucoma, do not manifest any symptoms until permanent damage has been done. According to The National Institutes of Health, approximately 2.3 million people in the United States suffer from glaucoma, while an additional 2 million people have glaucoma but are unaware of their condition. Detecting these diseases early allows for more flexible treatment options and reduces the risk of further harm to the eye.
In addition to our nationally and internationally recognized doctors, Texan Eye continues to invest in state of the art technology and equipment in order to make sure you are receiving the best care possible.
Eye exams can be covered through medical insurance policies, with in-network providers, with an appropriate medical diagnosis. Eye exams can also be covered through a vision insurance carrier, with in-network providers, for those patients with or without an appropriate medical diagnosis. For more information on Texan Eye insurance guidelines, please refer to our insurance section. For specific information related to covered services through your insurance carrier, contact your insurance company directly, as listed on your medical or vision insurance card.
Contact Lens & Glasses Fitting:
Texan Eye also provides comprehensive eye exams for glasses and contact lenses. Complementing the fine surgeons of Texan Eye is a team of trained specialists and highly-skilled optometrists who are an integral part of the high quality vision care we provide. These skilled Texan Eye specialists are available to assist you in every aspect of the glasses or contact lens process, from personalized contact lens fitting sessions, to helping you select the most fashionable eyewear trends. We will take into account your daily lifestyle, budget, lens functionality preferences, as well as your personality when choosing new eyeglasses! Many patients prefer to wear contact lenses on a regular basis due to an active lifestyle; therefore, our well trained team will fit you in the most suitable contact lens and make sure you are comfortable putting them in and taking them out.
Texan Eye conveniently provides onsite optical boutiques with many designer frames such as: Ray-Ban®, Prada®, Michael Kors, and Oliver Peoples. Feel free to tour any of our clinical locations’ optical facilities and try our frame styles before or after your comprehensive eye exam with our exceptional physicians. If you wish to schedule a comprehensive eye exam with one of our doctors, contact Texan Eye today.
Implantable Contact Lens (ICL):
Not everyone is a good candidate for LASIK or ASA to correct refractive error. Whether it is because of thin corneas, a high prescription or other limiting factors not every person’s best option for vision correction is a laser refractive procedure. If you are between the ages of 21 and 40 and suffer from moderate to severe amounts of myopia or near-sightedness you may be a candidate for an Implantable Collamer Lens, or ICL. Over 500,000 patients worldwide have benefited from this technology with a very high satisfaction rate. It provides a high quality of vision through a relatively quick procedure.
The Visian® ICL is made of an advanced soft-material lens composed of 100% biocompatible collagen copolymer, that provides not only UV protection and vision correction, but also quality of vision that can sometimes be sharper than what some can achieve with glasses or contacts. In LASIK, a laser is used to precisely and permanently change the shape of the cornea to treat near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism. An ICL does not permanently alter the shape of the cornea but uses the power of the implantable lens to treat nearsightedness. The lens is inserted through a small incision in the cornea and place behind the iris and over the natural lens. There it is able to efficiently focus images more clearly in a similar way as contacts would, though these lenses are permanent, unnoticeable and maintenance free. The lens is placed behind the iris, or colored part of the eye, and sits on top of the natural lens where it is not visible to the naked eye.
This technology is FDA approved and is the best option for many people wishing to be more independent of glasses and contacts. This is especially true for patients with very high amounts of myopia or nearsightedness that have been previously told that their prescription was too high for LASIK.
Feel free to contact us to schedule a visit with one of our doctors to find out which of our many options of becoming more independent of glasses or contacts is right for you.
Refractive Lens Exchange:
In certain circumstances, patients with vision problems who have not yet developed cataracts may be a candidate for Full Focus® intraocular lens implants. Also, some individuals with severe myopia or hyoperia may be better suited for lens implants than LASIK or ASA. Patients who have undergone previous LASIK or other refractive surgery may also consider Full Focus® intraocular lens implants to correct their near vision.
Prior to the advent of these advanced accommodating, multifocal, and astigmatism-correcting intraocular lens implants, patients would undergo lens replacement with standard fixed focus (monofocal) lens implants. While these monofocal lenses were effective at improving distance vision, they did not correct near vision. Therefore, following surgery, patients would still have to wear reading glasses. Now, with the introduction of Full Focus® intraocular lens implants, patients have the opportunity to see clearly at distance, intermediate, and near.
Texan Eye accepts most types of health insurance and a wide variety of Routine Vision plans. Whether you have Medicare, managed care, or private insurance, it is likely that your insurance will cover all or some of the services you receive. As insurance policies vary greatly, we recommend that you check with your insurance carrier regarding the details of your coverage. If you are a member of a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), you will need prior authorization from your insurance company or carrier before making an appointment at Texan Eye in order to receive any insurance coverage.
As a guide for our patients, Texan Eye has provided some common insurance definitions in the table below. This information should be used only as a guide and specifics regarding your medical or vision insurance should be requested directly from your specific insurance provider.
Managed Care Plans
|Many Medicare and/or Medicaid plans have moved to managed care plans i.e. Medicare Advantage plans. While you may have a Medicare/Medicaid card, this is not your primary insurance card. Your primary insurance card that is needed to bill your visit correctly may be a Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Amerigroup or another insurance company. Please provide that card to the front desk if you are aware of your participation with a managed care plan.|
|PPO||PPO plans offer the choice of choosing a healthcare provider. You do not need to choose a Primary Care Provider (PCP) or obtain a referral to be seen. If you choose to see an in-network provider, you would pay your typical copays, co-insurance and a deductible, if applicable. If you choose to see an out-of-network provider, your costs may include higher copays, co-insurances and a higher deductible.|
|HMO||HMO plans do not give you the option to choose your healthcare provider. You must establish with a Primary Care Provider (PCP) who will refer you to a specialist if needed. Visits without a referral are considered unauthorized and responsibility of payment falls on the patient. With a referral, you would be responsible for your copays, co-insurance and deductible, if applicable. The patient is ultimately responsible for contacting their PCP, obtaining and bringing to their initial visit all referral paperwork which ensures that the visit will be processed within the policies that the patient has agreed to with their insurance company.|
|Routine Vision Benefits||Depending on your plan, this may be a benefit you receive from your insurance company. If you know that your plan offers vision benefits, there may be a third party administrator for the vision. Please make yourself aware of who administers your routine vision benefits services due to the fact that it may not display under your health care benefits.|
|Deductible||A deductible is the amount you are responsible for before your insurance company starts to pay for your medical services.|
|Co-Pay||A copay is the set dollar amount you pay upfront for medical services.|
|Co-insurance||A co-insurance is the percentage of the total cost of your medical service. Your co-insurance usually starts after you have met your annual deductible.|
Laser Vision Correction Cost and Financing
LASIK and ASA surgery fees will vary depending on the type of procedure. At Texan Eye, our global fees include the surgeon’s fee, the laser facility fee, and all post-operative care. Though rare, any enhancement that may be required within the global period of one year may incur a nominal fee. An enhancement is a second procedure designed to fine tune the visual results of the initial eye surgery. In our practice, an enhancement is required for less than 2% of our patients who have undergone LASIK or ASA.
Although most insurance companies do not cover laser eye surgery, some companies cover a portion of the total cost of refractive surgery. Please contact Texan Eye or check with your company to see if you qualify for coverage.
Financing is available through CareCredit Health Finance.
To find out more about cataract surgery and laser vision correction financing options, please contact Texan Eye today.