Q: What insurance does Kirman Eye accept?
A: We participate in most vision plans and major medical plans, including:
Vision: Davis*, EyeMed*, NVA, VSP, VBA
Medical: Aetna, Capital Blue Cross, Highmark Blue Shield, Blue Journey, Geisinger, HealthAmerica, Keystone, Medicare, and VIBRA.
*There are some Davis and EyeMed Vision plans that we do not participate with. If you do not see your specific insurance plan listed, please call to verify coverage.
Q: How often should I have my eyes examined?
A: The American Optometric Association (AOA) recommends, at a minimum, a comprehensive eye examination every two years for people under the age of 60 and every year for people over 60. This recommendation is for everyone, not just for people who wear glasses or who have vision or eye problems. Patients who wear contact lenses or with certain vision conditions and diseases, such as glaucoma or diabetes, should be seen yearly.
Q: My vision seems fine. Why do I need an eye exam?
A: Many serious eye diseases have no symptoms in the initial stages, and by the time symptoms are noticed, it may be too late to prevent damage from occurring. Simple tests are done during routine eye exams to detect ocular and systemic diseases, such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, hypertension, and diabetes. If detected early, treatment can be recommended before damage can occur.
Q: When should children have their first eye exam?
A: Children should have their first eye exam between the ages of 6-12 months. The doctors at Kirman Eye participate in InfantSEE®, a public health program that provides a comprehensive infant eye exam between 6 and 12 months of age at no cost. Children should then receive eye exams at age 3, and before they enter kindergarten at age 5. School screenings are not an adequate substitute and often miss vision issues.
Q: Why do I need to have my eyes dilated?
A: During an eye exam, it is important to examine the interior structures of the eyes. The retina can show some of the first signs of diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and even some cancers. To do this, light must be shined through the pupil in order to see the retina and other important structures. Dilating the pupils makes them larger, allowing a better and wider view.
Alternatively, and for a small fee, we offer Optomap Retinal Imaging, which replaces dilation. The Optomap is a fast and painless panoramic digital image of the retina. It gives the doctors the same view of your retina as dilation, but without the side effects. Photos are reviewed with you in the exam room and saved for future comparisons.
Q: How long will it take for my glasses to arrive?
A: It typically takes 7-10 business days for the order to be completed. Kirman Eye will contact you when your new glasses are ready for pickup.
Q: Do I need an appointment to pick up my glasses?
A: No, you do not need an appointment to pick up your new glasses. You may walk-in during normal business hours.
Q: When can my child start wearing contact lenses?
A: The doctors at Kirman Eye have not set an age limit for children interested in wearing contact lenses. Daily disposable lenses are strongly recommended as they are the healthiest for our eyes and the easiest to care for. Factors that influence contact lens fittings include a child’s motivation, maturity, and prescription. If they are interested, feel free to address this with your child’s doctor during their routine examination.