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What causes the cost of an eye exam to vary?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Fishburn
Ophthalmology 31 years experience
Market: A variety of things, such as the area cost of living, insurance/ medicare rates, the doctors rates, area competition, advertisement costs, "reputation of doctor" factors, etc. Insurance/medicare set allowable fees covered and co-pays, the doctor may set his/her fee equal to, or above allowable and the elect to either write off the over charges or require patient to pay. Some fees are pay only.
Dr. Hamid Sajjadi
Ophthalmology 41 years experience
MD or OD: Ophthalmologists are mds. Optometrists are optometry doctors. Usually the fees for mds are higher, although insurances reimburse the same. An ophthalmologist goes to medical school 8 years and then 1+3 years of residency before specialization. Optometrist go to school 6 years after high school. Varying cost may include some doctors that dilate the pupil the first exam and thus the cost is more.
Last updated Dec 10, 2013

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