This exam is all about testing the eye pressure, also known as a dilated eye exam. A yellow potion is dropped into your eyes and the pressure is measured. Then the eyes are rinsed and off you go on your merry way. This is covered in full by Medicare. So far so good.
I’ve been there, done that, came in for the Diabetic Eye Exam. But first the doctor wants to do a Visual Acuity Test. What in the world for? The good doctor says, this is standard and yes, it is covered by your insurance. Next I found myself looking at a chart from a distance, one eye at a time, and reading the letters. My protests were ignored. C’mon now, I don’t need advices with the eyeglasses as I don’t wear them, and am buying my readers at the Dollar Tree. I told you all this the last time when I saw you a year or two ago, remember? The doc ignored my pleas and handed a prescription for the eyeglasses anyway. Tried refusing, to no avail. He goes, just take it.
I am back in the chair, a yellow concoction goes into my eyes and the pressure is measured. The verdict, no diabetes related problems. How about my cataract, diagnosed on the previous visit? I had to ask about that or else it won’t be addressed. Doctor pretty much matter of factly states that I have a couple of years. C’mon now. A couple years before I go blind? What’s the extent of a damage? But no more comments and off I go home.
By the way, some doctors have a way of delivering the breaking news. have a penchant for this as something strikingly similar happened when I was first diagnosed with diabetes.
Turned out my eyes were not rinsed enough and the driving proves a challenge. So I pulled into the nearest parking lot, opened the trunk and retrieved a water spray bottle along with a spare box of Kleenex. This helped although following the rinsing, the Kleenex came out all yellow. This rinsing should have been done back at the doctor’s office, as far as I am concerned. Oh well. Had to manage on my own. It took a few hours for the yellow drops effect to completely wear off.
A week later – surprise, surprise – a bill for $50 comes my way. Upon calling the Billing I am told this is for the Refraction Test. But it wasn’t done? My protests fall on deaf ears. Other than Acuity Test and Dilated Eye, none other tests were done. The Acuity Test by the way, is traditionally done at renewing the driver’s license. And the real Refraction Test uses a computerized tool called Phoropter. The latter was never done, and the former was called the wrong name as this brings in the $$.
This is how Phoropter looks like:
To be continued. Stay tuned.