On a scheduled visit, a small room within the facility is converted into an exam room. Our optometrists work together with an assistant, who helps to bring the patients to the room for testing and return them to their prior activity when they are finished. Every effort is made to minimize the wait time for each resident. When indicated, exams can also be performed at the patient’s bedside.
At the conclusion of the examination, a summary sheet that lists the doctor’s recommendations along with 2 copies of the consultation report are left at the facility. One of the copies is placed in the appropriate section of the patient’s facility chart by the assistant; the other copy is usually left with the social service director. In cases where an ophthalmologist is recommended to further evaluate the patient, we are affiliated with many providers that we can recommend if the facility isn’t currently contracted with one.
For those patients that require eyeglasses, we bring a wide variety of frames from which to choose. Appropriate measurements are taken to ensure the best visual function for the patient. MediCal patients are completely covered for this benefit and also qualify for replacement glasses when they meet the qualifying guidelines, such as loss, breakage, or change in prescription. For patients with no insurance for glasses (Medicare rarely pays for eyewear), we contact the responsible party with a recommendation form that lists the various costs for frames and lenses through our private lab, pending their authorization. Medi-Cal fabrication of the glasses including engraving the patient's name on the side temple takes several weeks. (Expedited service available as requested.)