Yeah called the Ophthalmologist office this past week. They did provide some 4 pages of diagnostic information and an eyeglass script.
I mentioned to the office why PD wasn't included in the eyeglass script as 100% of all of the eyeglasses ordering places require PD.
He said it wasn't a big deal and that I could do it myself (which I already knew).
All said I did this because I looked at the charges from the Ophthalmologist office to my BCBS insurance and they were around $500 for the exam and it was broken down to individual diagnostic testing with the visit being a la carted to one charge. (always have used a PPO here versus an HMO BCBS plan). This is totally different than visiting an Optometrist in an eyeglass store where the diagnostic visit or check is covered 100% by BCBS. Personally feel more comfortable having an Ophthalmologist do a diagnostic exam than an Optometrist.
In the 1960's and 1970's only went to family Ophthalmologist for exams and eyeglass / contacts prescriptions. He did own the entire building which also contained an eyeglass shop at the time.
That is me.
We noticed the same thing occur with my wife visiting an ENT for a hearing check recommended by her primary care physician. The visit was one charge to the insurance company and testing exceeded some $800 of diagnostic testing billed to BCBS.
It is willy nilly though because the BCBS insurance documentation covers with a statement that co pay of some $75 for a diagnostic visit to the the Optholmogist which I assumed would also cover all done and it didn't.
Interesting to when I worked in the UK my peers there told me not to get sick there as most likely I would never leave the UK.