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Routine Vs. Non-Routine Services

Routine Vision Care

A routine exam evaluates the general health of the eyes and visual system and also provides an eyeglass prescription.

Some patients choose to receive additional services, at additional expense, in order to wear contact lenses.

A refraction determines the eyeglass prescription and provides a basis for a contact lens fitting and subsequent contact lens prescription. A refraction is commonly referred to as the “better 1 or 2” test.

Routine services are commonly covered by routine vision benefits.

Components of a Routine Vision Examination

  • Patient History
  • Visual Acuity
  • Color Perception
  • Stereopsis – depth perception
  • Extraocular Motilities (eye muscle coordination)
  • Visual Field Screening
  • Pupillary Response Integrity
  • Lensometry (determines current eyeglass prescription)
  • Keratometry (shape of the front of the eye)
  • Automated and Manual Refraction (determines new eyeglass prescription)
  • Anterior Eye Health Assessment
  • Posterior Eye Health Assessment (usually dilated)
  • Tonometry (eye pressure – screens for glaucoma)

Conact Lens Examination (Additional Expense)

  • Contact Lens Case History
  • Inspection of Current Contact Lens Acuity and Fit
  • Prescriptive Refinement of Current Contact Lenses or…
  • Refit into New Contacts
  • Appropriate Follow-Up/Re-evaluation


Non-Routine Eye Care

Simply put, non-routine eye care is for everything other than routine vision care purposes. Examples include:

  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Retinal Conditions, such as Detachments and Macular Degeneration
  • Infections, Allergies and other “Red-Eye” Concerns
  • Minor and Major Injuries
  • Visual-neurological Disorders
  • Pre- and post-op care
  • Many more

Non-routine services are usually covered by major medical benefits. Usual medical deductible, co-payment, and co-insurance terms apply.

For more information view this form from the American Optometric Association.