New Patient Forms
If you are visiting us for the first time, please print and fill out the New Patient Packet. It will save you time in our office if they are finalized and brought with you.
At Athens Eye Associates, we follow the rules of your health care insurance to provide you with the highest quality of eye care. Our office staff works hard to send claims quickly to the insurance company for payment so you will not have to pay for covered services. We may need your help to ensure claims are paid in a timely manner to keep all costs affordable.
We participate in many major health insurance plans. Coverage varies with each patient. Our staff will be happy to assist you in determining your coverage and eligibility prior to your appointment. Below is a list of currently accepted plans.
Beech Street Corporation
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Care Improvement Plus
Health Plan Select
Met Life Discount Plan
Southeast Community Care
The Mail Handlers Benefit Plan
Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Wellcare of Georgia
If you do not see yours, call us to verify coverage. Not all plans are listed.
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Some Frequently Asked Questions from new and existing clients.
When should my child's eyes be examined?
When should an adult's eyes be examined?
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends complete eye exams for adults at least once in their 20’s and twice in their 30’s. Early signs of eye aging and disease may be noted by 40, so baseline screening is recommended then. The frequency of follow up to this baseline screen will be determined based on clinical findings.
After 65, adults should get a comprehensive exam every one to two years to evaluate for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy. More frequent monitoring may be necessary based on the results of your exam.
Will working at a computer screen hurt my eyes?
Will sitting too closely to the television hurt my child's eyes?
No. Children are able to view objects at close distances. This will not damage their eyes. However, some children who are near sighted will sit closer because they can see more clearly. If you have concerns about your child, come see us.
How often do I need to get my prescription changed?
Will Medicare pay for my glasses?
What is your contact lens fitting fee?
How soon can I get an appointment?
Do you accept walk-ins?
Due to our individualized patient care, we are unable to accept walk-ins. Please call if you are having an emergency or to schedule a routine appointment.
Why is a glasses prescription good for only a year?
Does my insurance completely cover the exam?
Medical insurance completely covers eye exams if there is a medical diagnosis that warrants the exam, such as diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, eye symptoms indicating infections, etc.
Also, some insurance companies have a wellness benefit which also covers eye exams. We do accept many of the vision plans such as Avesis, VSP, and EyeMed.
How long will my appointment take?
Will my eyes be dilated?
Can I drive home after my eyes have been dilated?
NEWS & EVENTS
Home—it’s where folks take care of each other. Athens is not only where we practice; it is the community we invest in. From Congressional visitors to families with Habitat for Humanity, Athens Choral Society to the Mercy Health Center, Tough Mudder to Free IT Athens, we are in the middle of it. See you around!