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just got bill over 500 to see retinal doc and his trainee (who was really rough). first exam, for floaters. thoughts?

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Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Bill: The price seems high. A comprehensive exam at our office is $225 for a cash pay patient. They may have performed additional tests which could add to the bill.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Retinal Surgery 19 years experience
See below: The eye exam for floaters can be a little "rough" because it includes scleral depression where the retina specialist presses on the sides of the eye while examining with a bright light. I've had this done to me too, so i know how it feels. When considering the cost, think how important it is for the doctor to know what they're doing, that they don't miss a retinal tear or tumor that needs help.

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