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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What Is the Difference Between an Optometrist and an Ophthalmologist?

Most people are confused regarding eye practitioners and are not sure about optometrists and ophthalmologist. An ophthalmologist is a medical eye doctor and is the only eye care professional that can perform cataract and refractive surgery as well as other types of eye surgery. Ophthalmologists are trained to diagnose and treat diseases of the eye as well as do eye exams for glasses and contact lenses. Most also dispense eye glasses and contact lenses.

When Can I Use My Health or Vision Insurance?

Most people are not aware that if they have a history of a medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension, thyroid eye disease as well as other medical conditions with eye manifestation or are taking medications known to affect the eyes, their eye exams are covered under their medical insurance even if they do not have vision coverage.
Similarly, if you have any bothersome eye symptoms such as pain, irritation, discharge or dry eye conditions, your visit is covered by your medical and not your vision insurance.

Why Should I Choose Dr. Hakimzadeh?

Dr. Hakimzadeh is an ophthalmologist. This means her training and medical expertise is much more in depth when compared to an optometrist. Dr. Hakimzadeh is a board-certified eye surgeon, which allows her to treat a variety of complex eye diseases and vision impairments. She has decades of experience and her patients love her.

Is Poor Vision Hereditary?

Yes. Most of the time. However, poor vision or loss of vision can also be related to your health, which is why it is important that you undergo regular eye exams. For example, if you have diabetes, hypertension and the like, your vision could be affected.

What Vision Impairments Can be Treated with LASIK?

LASIK is a laser vision correction surgery that corrects nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. It is an in-office procedure and you feel no discomfort. You obtain near perfect vision within 24 to 48 hours after LASIK and will most likely not need to wear contact lenses and eye glasses.

Is LASIK Covered by Vision Insurance?

No. LASIK is still considered an elective procedure and it is therefore not covered by insurance. However, we offer LASIK financing through CareCredit to all of our qualified patients. When you think about how much you spend annually on glasses, contact lenses, eye exams, eye drops and contact lens solutions, LASIK is quite affordable in the long run. Not to mention the gained freedom from eye wear.

Is Cataract Surgery Covered by Insurance?

Yes. Most of the time a portion of your cataract surgery will be covered as cataracts are considered a medical, often age-related condition. We will clarify all of this for you during your eye exam and consultation. But if you suffer from cataracts, you have options and can re-gain your sight.

How Often Should I Have an Eye Exam?

Adults should have an eye exam every two years, unless something is wrong. In case you experience any bothersome vision or eye symptoms, it is important that you see us right away. Children on the other hand, should have an eye exam each year, especially during the early development age.

If you should have any additional questions, please contact us right away.

Thank You for Choosing Oakland Eye Clinic