Recently there have been announcements among various government leaders on the topic of whether it continues to be appropriate to wear masks in very specific settings, and asking that businesses such as ours continue to review our public safety and mask requirements. As a business providing important health care services to the community, we are committed to top quality care that also prevents the spread of any illness, including COVID-19.  While we respect everyone’s personal choices surrounding this matter, the nature of our work with our patients require that we work in close proximity of each other and therefore we believe it is in the best interest of our business to continue wearing masks until further notice.  These precautions are appropriate given the demographics of many of our patients that place them in what medical experts consider “at risk” groups that are important to us to keep safe and well.
We will revisit this policy once we have more time and information to evaluate the impact the executive order has on our industry and community.  In the meantime, we respectfully ask that while you are providing us the privilege of caring for you and your loved ones, that you please respect our mask policy. Masks are required on every individual in the building, covering the mouth and nose. 
We understand that this has been a trying time for all involved, and we are all ready to get back to normal as soon as possible. We are working hard to create processes that will allow us to do so shortly. We are confident that within a short time, if we can all work together, we will return to normal. We are very excited to see your smiling faces again, soon.

Why Do You Need a Refraction? By Emilio Justo on April 20, 2018

Why is a Refraction Such an Important Part of Your Complete Eye Exam?

An annual vision exam is a very important step to ensure you maintain a high quality of life. Your exam will confirm that your vision and your eyes are healthy and functioning as they should, or it will allow your physician an opportunity to proactively treat any eye deficiencies or conditions.

Why Is It Important To Have a Refraction?

A refraction is an important part of an eye exam. This is when skilled staff flip a variety of lenses inside the phoropter (as pictured above) and ask you which lens gives you better clarity of sight (They will   typically ask you, “Better 1 or Better 2?”) The phoropter determines your eyeglass prescription.

Cataract Surgery

A refraction is an important step in   preparing for cataract surgery, as it helps your surgeon, Emilio M. Justo, M.D., to know what your best corrected vision is, so as to facilitate the proper recommendation as to whether cataract surgery is in your best interest.

“We do our very best to make every step in the process from routine eye exam to eye surgery, as easy on  patients as possible,” explains Dr. Justo. “But to do our very best, there is no way around our need to understand and know your current prescription. There is so much value in having your refraction completed by our staff, to ensure that your vision is the best it can be after any procedure or exam. I encourage you to have a refraction done today.”

Why Do I Have to Pay For It?  

CMS, the department of the federal government that controls Medicare and Medicaid, has decided that refractions are not a payable part of your eye exam. CMS, directly under control of the US Congress, has determined this is a “non-covered” service. That means you have to pay for that   portion of the eye exam.

Further, CMS has declared that if we don’t charge you extra for this service, we could receive various forms of punishment. Refraction (CPT code 92015) has been a  “non-covered” service since Medicare was created in 1965. Since about 2007, Medicare has been enforcing the policy of requiring eye doctors to charge separately for refractions. As many private   insurance carriers adopt the policies of the federal government, many of our contracts with private insurance carriers require us to   collect the money from you, as well. We highly recommend that you undergo a refraction today.

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Ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon Emilio Justo founded Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center in 1989. With locations in Sun City West, Sun City, and Wickenburg, AZ, we help patients from the Phoenix area and beyond improve and maintain their vision through quality eye care. Our doctors are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

  • The American Board of Ophthalmology
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • The Arizona Medical Association
  • The Arizona Ophthalmological Society
  • The Phoenix Ophthalmological Society

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