Don't wait until your annual vision exam! If you think you may have symptoms of Chronic Dry Eye (CDE) disease, your first step should be to schedule a medical exam with your optometrist or ophthalmologist. Since Chronic Dry Eye disease may have potential health consequences for your eyes, it's important you take action now to get diagnosed and treated.
There's another good reason to keep your Chronic Dry Eye medical exam separate from your annual vision exam. Many people have both a medical health insurance plan and a supplemental routine vision insurance plan, and each plan covers different things relating to your eyes.
Vision insurance generally will pay only for routine vision exams that measure your eyes' visual acuity (how well you can see) and whether you need to wear, or get a stronger prescription for, eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Medical insurance generally will pay only for medical exams that occur because 1) you have an eye complaint or symptom, 2) you make an appointment with your eye doctor to assess it, and 3) your exam results identify a condition or disease related to your complaint or symptom. Getting your dry eye symptoms checked would be considered a medical exam, not a routine vision exam.
So remember: Don't wait for your annual vision exam—schedule an eye doctor appointment now to get your dry eye symptoms evaluated. When you call to make the appointment, make sure the office staff identifies it as a Chronic Dry Eye medical exam. And when you arrive for your visit, remind the receptionist that you're there to be evaluated for Chronic Dry Eye disease.
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