A special needs patient eye exam is an evaluation of vision and eye health that is modified for the needs of patients with all sorts of special needs, including developmental and physical needs and disabilities. Modifications can help patients participate more fully in their exams or they can be tailored to enable the doctor to perform the examination in a manner that's most comfortable for the patient's physical and emotional needs.
Any person -adult or child – with special needs, including learning and developmental delays or other special needs, can benefit from an eye exam tailored to their needs, including people with:
autism spectrum disorder
developmental dyspraxia (a type of coordination disorder)
“shaken baby” syndrome
A special needs patient eye exam is tailored to the specific needs of the patient to ensure the patient is comfortable and is being tested with the most effective and appropriate methods and approaches for the most accurate results. Exams may be conducted using special equipment or methods that can be modified on a case-by-case basis. For instance, accommodations can be made for patients who may find it difficult to sit through and exam and actively participate, or for those who may be unable to provide responses to questions asked during the exam. In addition to requiring special accommodations during exams, special needs patients also often have vision problems associated with their condition that require special techniques to monitor and treat, including issues affecting focusing, eye movement, visual perception and eye teaming.
The cost of routine eye exams and prescription eyewear can be of real concern, especially for large families. In many cases, vision insurance can lower these annual expenses. A vision insurance policy is not the same as health insurance. Regular health insurance plans protect you against financial losses due to unexpected eye injuries or disease. Vision insurance, on the other hand, is a wellness benefit designed to provide routine eye care, prescription eyewear and other vision-related services at a reduced cost.
Because we provide both medical and routine eye care, we accept a number of insurance plans to help cover the cost depending on your individual needs. Here are just some of the plans that we accept:
In-Network Medical Plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare.
Vision Plans we accept: Vision Service Plan (VSP) and EyeMed
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