FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - The Department of Ophthalmology at GBMC

How do I make an appointment?
You may call 443-849-2106.

Is an appointment necessary?
Appointments are encouraged, however walk-in patients can be seen as time permits.

What are the office hours?
Patients are normally seen between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

What insurance plans are accepted?
The Ophthalmology Department participates in most major medical insurance plans.  When calling for an appointment, ask if your plan is included and if a referral is needed.

Do I need to bring money?
If your plan requires a co-pay, it must be paid on the day of the visit.  Persons who self-pay should plan for payment by calling ahead for the correct amount.

What type of contact fittings do you do?
We do all type of exams from daily wear, disposable, toric, bifocal, and some rigid gas permeable lens fittings.

When are surgeries performed?
Surgeries are generally done on Thursday and Friday.

What are the costs?
For new patients who have never worn contacts, the exam starts at $125. For patients that have been wearing contacts, the price ranges from $70-80 depending on the complexity of the exam. For patients that need a contact lens follow up (after fitting has been done), they start at $35.00

When do you do appointments?
Appointments are on Friday mornings.

Do you sell contacts?
We do sell contacts, but they are ordered directly from the manufacture. We do not stock lenses here in the clinic.

Will I have to stay overnight after my surgery?
With VERY few exceptions, all surgeries are performed on an out-patient basis.

At what age can a person wear contacts?
That is really up to the doctor. Any adult can be fit for contacts just as long as they can properly insert and remove their lenses. As for children, they must be seen by one of our pediatric ophthalmologists first, and the decision will be made if contacts are an option. Then a contact lens fitting appointment will be made.

Do I need to bring my old contacts with me?
Yes...that is a big help to our technicians and doctors if we know what type of contacts you are wearing and what was the last prescription you were given.

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