I am slowly working my way through my New Year's goal of getting checkups from my doctors (when you pass 50, the number of doctors multiplies!). I've seen my dermatologist (history of small skin cancers), my dentist and my endocrinologist - who released me and said I can now be followed by my regular doc so one specialist down - yay!
Yesterday, I went to see the ophthalmologist. I have always just gone to an optician, but wanted a more thorough checkup since glaucoma runs in the family. As I was checking in, the receptionist informed me that my insurance only covers an optician. What?? I asked how much the visit would run and she said a minimum of $200. But I was there, I was tired and I wanted an exam, so I said OK.
Midway through my visit, the doctor tells me I have a bleed in the back of my right eye, which is a sign of early glaucoma. He'll need to see me in 45 days, he says. I tell him that my insurance won't cover it and he tells me I am no longer here for a vision exam - I am now a medical case and my medical will cover it. ... So, good news, bad news!
I'm thankful I decided to stick around and get checked out. And I'm thankful he was able to spot the bleed. He said that had I come in 3 weeks, it would likely have cleared up and he wouldn't have seen anything. I'm told glaucoma usually doesn't show any symptoms, until you start losing your sight.
Next up is my annual with my regular doc. Here's to hoping he doesn't find anything but an aging woman!
On another note, found out this morning that insurance has denied DS a wheelchair - again. Not sure what the next step will be. I am frustrated and angry that his needs aren't being addressed. This should not be this hard.