An eye doctor is a person who gives a service related to vision or the eyes. It is any medical care worker engaged in eye care, whether with some level of formal education to practitioners with a Ph.D. level of specialized training. The eye doctor’s job is to help maintain the overall health and visual acuity of patients with eye disorders. They are also concerned with problems of the eyes related to the eye such as myopia, hypermetropia, and astigmatism.
Before we move on to examine what should be covered in the medical history form, let us have a look at the basic information that is provided. Firstly the basic information which explains the patient’s current health is given. In addition, the eye doctor must know the history of the patient’s eye health including the previous treatment, diagnosis and any complications faced by the patient in the past. All these details are important as they enable the eye doctor to assess the potential need for vision treatment and corrective measures. Other information required by eye doctors comprises the complete medical history, examination report, prescription history, medical history of the family and any other eye diseases.
While discussing the patient’s medical history, the eye doctor will also want to make sure that any factors hampering the eye’s healthy function are identified. This may include genetic predispositions, allergies, medications, living environment, etc. When discussing the prescription, the eye doctor must make sure that it covers all the specific requirements.
An eye doctor also needs to discuss any existing health problems in relation to the patient before recommending any corrective measures or treatment. These may include ocular hypertension, diabetes, glaucoma, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, dry eye, etc. The eye doctor will discuss the specific needs of each patient and therefore the consultation is usually done on an individual basis. Most times, the health care provider will recommend a particular procedure or course of treatment based on an assessment of the patient’s eye problems. However, patients can also opt for a referral by the eye doctor which can be beneficial.
If required, the eye doctor may use any appropriate diagnostic devices to examine the eyes. Some examples of such items include the digital rectal exam (DRE) and ophthalmoscope, which include multifocal eye glasses or contact lenses. The digital rectal exam is often conducted on an outpatient basis while the ophthalmoscope is often done on an inpatient basis. However, in case of emergency, where immediate treatment is required, both the exam and the treatment can be performed in the hospital. Eye examinations and treatments are only recommended when necessary, so one should avoid going for eye exams unless absolutely required.
Eye exams and treatments can also be covered under certain policies offered by insurance companies. In some cases, eye doctor’s fees are covered by insurance policies as a part of the policy coverage. Such policies usually cover certain areas like the professional fees, the charges for referral, diagnostic test expenses, the costs of an emergency and the costs borne by the eye doctor during office visits and exams. However, in order to find out if the policy coverage extends to eye doctor’s fees or not, one should contact the customer service of the particular insurance company. In case, the policy coverage does not include the fee for the initial visit, one should contact the eye doctor and obtain the fee for the same.