Frequently Asked Questions


FAQs

What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

There are two types of eye care specialist: optometrist and ophthalmologist. The difference between the two are detailed in their background of training and their scope of practice.

Ophthalmologist are clinical and surgical eye care providers that have four years of post-college training where they obtain a Medical Degree (M.D./ D.O.) They then complete a one year internship followed by a three year residency program specifically in clinical and surgical eye care. Some ophthalmologists undergo additional fellowship training (clinical/ surgical) in specific eye diseases (Dr. Jatla is fellowship trained in Glaucoma and Dr. Vira is fellowship trained in Neuro-Ophthalmology and Oculoplastics ) and became subspecialists within that specific field. They are considered physicians. Their scope of practice is encompassing of: clinical eye exams, eye glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment of eye disease, and is inclusive of surgeries (laser/ blade) and surgical management. Dr. Dang, Dr. Jatla and Dr. Vira are all ophthalmologists and M.D.s.

Optometrists are clinical eye care providers that have four years of post-college training, focused on eye care, where they obtain a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree. Some optometrists undergo additional clinical training/ fellowships after optometry school. Although they are medical professionals, they are not physicians. Their scope of practice is limited to clinical eye exams and includes: eye glasses, contact lenses, medical treatment of eye diseases, low vision aids and visual therapies, and sometimes pre- and post-operative management of surgical care.

What insurance plans are currently accepted?

Aetna, Amerigroup, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), BCBS Medicaid, Cigna, Care Improvement Plus, First Care, Great West Health Care-Cigna, HMO Blue, Humana, Medicaid, Medicare, Multiplan- PHCS, Texas True Choice, Railroad Medicare part B, Sendero, Scott and White Health Plan, Scott and White Senior Care, Scott and White Right Source, Ideal Care, Superior Health Plan, United Health Care, UHC Community Plan, Seton Health Plan, Seton STAR/CHIP, Tricare/Tricare for life, TriWest, Wilco, Golden Rule, HCA-St. David’s Health Care

Is there financing available?

For those in need of financing, we do participate in the care credit program. Your credit limit will be determined separately by the program. For more information visit: www.carecredit.com.

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What languages are spoken by staff and doctors?

In addition to English, a few Spanish-speaking staff members are available for translation.
Dr. Dang can speak some medical Spanish and Vietnamese.
Dr. Jatla is fluent in Teluglu as well.

How long should I expect my ophthalmology appointment to last?

45 minutes to 1hr 30 minutes

10-15 minutes to fill out clinical paperwork (online forms available)
15 mins for screening
10-15 minutes for ancillary testing (if necessary)
20-30 minutes to dilate (if necessary),
10-15 minutes of evaluation, clinical education, and medical planning with the physician

Where are the surgeries performed?

With the exception of LASIK/ PRK, we perform the majority of our surgeries at the Williamson Surgery Center located on the second floor of the Medical Plaza Building at 301 Seton Parkway. The ambulatory surgery center is located above the clinic of our main location in Round Rock. The laser vision correction procedures (LASIK/ PRK) are performed at Eye Lasik Austin located near Far West and Mopac.

What type of anesthesia options are available for surgeries?

Most surgeries are performed with topical anesthesia which would include anesthetic eye drops and ointments. Local anesthesia can be provided with injections to and around the surgical area. Other surgeries may require IV (intravascular) anti-anxiety medication with monitored anesthesia care. Conscious sedation and general anesthesia with intubation are available as well if necessary.

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