Anything that causes a decrease or change in vision (including blur, flashes, floaters, shadows or curtains over your vision, eye pain or discomfort) should be treated as an eye emergency. Contact us immediately at (989) 667-9393 during regular business hours or at (989) 751-2287 after hours.
We do offer medical eye care, including evaluation and treatment for eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, red eyes, infections, eye allergies, dry eye, foreign bodies and more.
We are a participating provider for most medical and vision insurances. Call our office if you have specific questions, such as what services are covered and what your co-pays or deductibles may be. In accordance with insurance guidelines, if you have a medical condition or a medical reason for your examination, medical insurance is billed before vision insurance. Payments for co-pays, deductibles and non-covered services are due at the time of service.
Eye care, eyewear and related expenses can be a major part of a family’s health care budget. At Newton Eyecare Center, we have special programs in place to make your eye care more affordable. Our corporate eye care plan works directly with employers of local firms to offer their employees special values in our office. Please ask us for details, or have your employer contact our office. In addition, we offer value pricing on eyewear packages, starting at $99. We also offer special pricing on contact lens packages, starting as low as $149 for a complete examination and a year’s supply of lenses. We even hired an independent third party to compare our value packages to our local competition – they confirmed our values were the best around.
The American Optometric Association recommends a complete eye examination between the ages of 6 months and 12 months. You should seek an eye doctor who is trained and confident in examining and treating infants. After the initial examination, the next examinations should occur at ages 3 and 5 if the eyes and visual system are developing normally, and yearly thereafter. Of course, certain conditions warrant more frequent examinations. Those with higher priority for yearly (or more frequent) visits include:
- Patients with systemic conditions that may involve the eyes (diabetes, high blood pressure)
- Patients with medical eye conditions: cataract, macular degeneration
- Patients with a family history of glaucoma or other conditions
- Contact lens wearers
Not necessarily. Vision screenings are certainly better than no vision screenings, but they are not a complete doctor’s medical evaluation of the eyes. School vision screenings tend to evaluate clarity of vision and a rudimentary sense of eye alignment, but do not assess visual efficiency and processing. They should not be a substitute for a complete eye examination.
Yes. Glasses usually will not help vision efficiency problems and sometimes will not help eye alignment problems. Vision efficiency problems involve difficulty in changing or maintaining focus, holding steady fixation, converging and/or diverging the eyes, and possibly other issues such as lazy eye. Vision efficiency problems require vision training (eye exercises at our office and/or at home) over a period of time to correct the issue and maintain that level of functioning. Sometimes, eye alignment problems can be related to a need for glasses, and glasses may actually help. Other times, vision training is required. In rare cases, eye muscle surgery may be needed.
We offer free seminars on topics such as children’s eye and vision care and LASIK surgery, among other topics. Contact us for seminar dates and times. We also offer Eyemaginations educational software as a courtesy to our patients. This is the program that runs continuously on the television in our welcome area. The software contains hours of explanations, images and animations about eye care topics, conditions, products and procedures. If you have a particular interest in a certain topic, we can also run the program in a private room for your convenience, tailoring the presentation to your specific questions.