Medical eye exams produce a diagnosis, like conjunctivitis, dry eye, glaucoma or cataracts, to mention a few. Depending on your policy, your medical insurance may cover a medical exam, but not pay for the exam if it is a routine eye exam. Examinations for medical eye care, assessment of an eye complaint or to follow up on an existing medical condition are billed to your medical insurance plan.
Though small in comparison to the rest of the body, the eye is a complex and amazing organ. And often times, the eye acts as a window through which we can see other things occurring in the body. High blood pressure, certain tumors, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and more are known to leave their mark in the eye, allowing us to see overall systematic conditions or diseases we might otherwise miss.
Besides all that, the inside of the eye has the potential to develop its own conditions and diseases which can lead to blindness or impaired vision. Glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, corneal dystrophy, retinal detachments, etc., are all medical issues with the eyes, not issues that can be fixed with glasses or contacts.
So when we say we are doing a comprehensive, or medical eye exam, those are the kinds of things we’re looking for or monitoring. A medical eye exam differs from a routine vision exam in that it is an exam where we are evaluating or treating a patient for some sort of medical condition.