OUR PRACTICE’S ESSENTIAL EYECARE GUIDELINES:
Annual eye exams can be both essential and non-essential depending on a patient’s eye health history.
ESSENTIAL VISITS MAY INCLUDE:
TRAUMA: Blunt force or projectile; foreign body in eye, chemical burn
NO CURRENT VISION SOLUTIONS: Patient has lost or broken their only pair of functional glasses, or is out of contact lenses without a back-up pair of glasses.
PAIN, REDNESS, SENSITIVITY TO LIGHT:
- Conjunctivitis has presumed links to COVID-19 patients.
- Acute or dull; in or around eye, may or may not include: trauma, vision loss, discharge
- May or may not wear contact lenses
VISION LOSS: Acute or gradual; with or w/o pain, sudden onset blurry vision, color desaturation
CONTACT LENS-RELATED; URGENT: pain, redness, discharge, sensitivity to light, sudden discomfort
HALOS AROUND LIGHTS: Acute or sudden; may or may not have painful brow / patient over 40
FLASHES OR FLOATERS: Acute; one eye or both, with or w/o loss of vision, with or w/o pain
DOUBLE VISION: Acute; one or both eyes
DROOPING OF EYELID: sudden or acute
Not all annual exams are routine. Essential visits include medical visits related to systemic and ocular disease; as well as visits in which patients complain of discomfort and other symptoms that interfere with or significantly hamper their day-to-day functions. Essential eye exam visits may be covered by your health insurance. Our experts can help you get that part figured out.
If you think that you have an essential eye care problem, please call our office immediately at 763-416-0622.