Optometrist in Bloomington

Bloomington Optometry

While driving, you might notice traffic signs start to become blurry. You may also find that it takes a longer time for you to focus on an object than usual. Prolonged reading of fine print may cause noticeable strain in your eyes. These are just conditions when you need to see an optometrist in Bloomington. You do not want to risk your safety by having poor eyesight. Going in to have your eyes examined, analyzed, and provided with corrective glasses or contacts can be your best investment yet.

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Bloomington Optometry

McLean County Eye Center's team of optometrists are healthcare professionals who provide primary vision care ranging from sight testing and correction to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of vision changes. After completing nearly 8 years of study, they receive a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree qualifying them as professionals who are licensed to perform eye exams and vision tests, prescribe and dispense corrective lenses, detect certain eye abnormalities, and prescribe medications for certain eye diseases.


Will An Optometrist Fix Eyeglasses?

We'll try to fix eyeglasses, but it will depend on the type of damage. We'll certainly do our best, but we may either have to order new parts or to order a new frame and lenses altogether.

Common breaks and their repair solution:

  • The temple or "arm" of the frame broken off - if the arm of the glasses has come off it might just be a missing screw; however, if the frame has snapped, it will likely require a new arm.
  • The arm snapped or frame broken in middle or around lens - fixable, but not a long term solution; if the frame is metal, but not titanium, it can be soldered back together but the break remains a weak point and may break again
  • The nose pads broken off or are missing - easy fix; optometrists will have the necessary replacement pads and screws on hand in their office


Do Optometrists Prescribe Contacts?

As part of their training to treat and manage eye diseases, optometrists are in fact qualified to prescribe glasses and contact lenses, as well as remove foreign bodies from the eye if need be. Optometrists examine eyes for both vision and health problems, and correct refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Some optometrists also provide low vision care and vision therapy. Optometrists also are licensed to prescribe medications to treat certain eye problems and diseases.


Opthalmologist vs Optometrist

While the two are similar in nature, there are some key differences between an opthalmologist and an optometrist, which could impact your decision regarding which to see. Both perform routine eye exams and both types of eye doctors are trained to detect, diagnose and manage eye diseases that require medical and non-medical treatment.

An optometrist and ophthalmologist can both play a role in your laser eye surgery. The opthalmologist will generally be more involved with surgery and medical treatment, including LASIK and PRK procedures. The optometrist can check your prescription and eye health before your procedure to help provide the best possible outcome. 


Do Optometrists Accept Medicaid, Medical Insurance (Including United Healthcare) ?

You can find out of your optometrist is authorized under your insurance plan by calling the doctor's office and giving them your information. Many insurance companies also post on their websites a directory of eye doctors who accept their vision plans, though this may vary in regards to private practices.

You'll want to consider your out-of-pocket expense for the exam (as well as the surgery if necessary). You'll also want to consider how the optometrist's office handles insurance claims. Will you have to pay for the exam and then submit the claim to your insurance company yourself, or will the eye doctor's office bill your insurance company for the exam so no payment is required of you?

If you don't have an insurance policy that covers eye care, find out the eye doctor's fee for a routine exam and for any special testing that may be required.


Professional Optometrists in Bloomington


For professional optometrists in Bloomington, trust McLean County Eye Center to provide you with the best eye care in the area. We have members of our team like Dr. David K. Landess, OD who graduated from ISU with Magna Cum Laude honors in pre-medicine. He received his Doctor of Optometry with Magna Cum Laude honors from Southern College of Optometry. Dr. Landess received various recognitions including the prestigious Clinician of the Year Award and the Lippencott-Raven Award for Clinical Excellence.

Another top optometrist in Bloomington from McLean County Eye Center is Dr. Jason A. Dunn, OD. A graduate of Illinois College with Summa Cum Laude honors in Biology, Dr. Dunn received his Doctor of Optometry from Southern College of Optometry. He has received the Clinician of the Semester Award and completed his externship rotation at Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina, where he received extensive training in diabetes and glaucoma management.

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1607 Visa Dr # 4

Normal, IL 61761

(309) 454-2472