A refraction is a measurement that determines the best vision your eyes have. It is necessary if you would like to have a new glasses prescription or contact lenses, or if you have had a change in your vision. Determining your best vision is the only way to begin an evaluation of your eye health, so we will check your vision with your glasses. If your vision is less than 20/20 we will need to perform a refraction. We perform refraction using any of several precise and highly technical instruments as well as the expertise of our ophthalmic assistants, technicians and physicians.
Medicare and other forms of insurance do not consider a refraction to be part of a comprehensive eye exam. Medicare will not pay for this service. Your secondary coverage will not cover it if Medicare does not. Regular insurance or vision insurance may cover this but if Medicare is your primary insurer, then you will have no coverage for a refraction.
However, Medicare allows us to charge and be paid for this service. The charge for a refraction is $35.00.
If refraction is a necessary part of your exam today, we will perform it and you will be asked to pay the fee at check-out. Your signature today acknowledges your understanding of this explanation.