KAISER PERMANENTE Patients
If you have a PPO or POS plan through the PHCS network, we accept your insurance and would be delighted to see you.
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frequently asked questions
It varies according to your age and health status. In general, the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends the following timeline for patients who do not have any existing medical eye conditions. Patients with eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, or diabetic retinopathy are usually advised to follow up more frequently.
- Under 40: Every 5 – 10 years
- 40 – 54: Every 2 – 4 years
- 55 – 64: Every 1 – 3 years
- 65 or older: Every 1 – 2 years
Most likely, yes. If you’re a new patient with us or undergoing your annual eye exam, it is recommended that you undergo a comprehensive eye exam, which includes dilation using eye drops. If you’re a returning patient who has recently been dilated, you may not need to be dilated again, unless the issue pertains specifically to the back of the eye (retina). Dilation typically lasts 4-6 hours and can blur the vision. If you have not previously driven with dilated pupils, you should bring a driver.
We are an in-network provider with the major medical insurance companies, including Aetna, Alameda Alliance for Health, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, HealthSmart, Medicare, MultiPlan, and United Healthcare. However, there may be specific plans within these networks that we do not currently accept, so it is best to check with your insurance company prior to scheduling an appointment. At this time, we do not accept vision insurance.
Cataracts are the most common cause of blurred vision over the age of 50. A cataract occurs when the clear lens inside the front part of your eye becomes cloudy. This may produce blurry vision, difficulty with night-time vision, or increased sensitivity to bright lights and glare. Vision may be affected at various distances: far away, up close, or both. We generally recommend observing mild cataracts, but moderate to severe cataracts that cause significant visual impairment can only be corrected with surgery. Modern-day cataract surgery is a same-day outpatient procedure that involves removing the cataract and replacing it with a lens implant through a very small opening in the clear part of your eye (cornea).
Typically, recovery from cataract surgery is 4-6 weeks per eye. In most cases, you should refrain from strenuous exercise and heavy lifting and avoid traveling to any remote destinations for the first 2 weeks after surgery.
We can provide you with a glasses prescription upon request. You can fill this prescription at the optical shop or online retailer of your choosing. We do not have an optical shop on site at this time.
No, we do not offer LASIK surgery.