Are LASIK Screenings Free?

Yes! Ready to see change? Book your free refractive surgery consultation by calling us at 858-273-0200. We have openings available for these free screenings almost every Tuesday afternoon with an appointment. This offer is good for free LASIK, PRK, and Visian ICL Screenings for surgery done at NVISION Centers. LASIK surgery is not covered by insurance but there are discounts available. See our Promotions page for more details.

Do you take Medicare?

Yes, our clinic takes Medicare Part B. If you have Medicare in addition to secondary insurance or Medicare with Medicaid, then your visit is covered after meeting your deductible for the year. If you have Medicare without a secondary, you are responsible for 20% of the Medicare-approved amount after meeting your deductible.

We take Medicare advantage plans (such as Aetna Medicare PPO plan and United Healthcare PPO plan) for clinic visits as well as cataract and cornea surgery. We have noticed patients with these plans have higher deductibles for services and ask that they reach out to their insurances to understand their out of pocket costs.

We do not take Medicare Advantage Vision plans for eyeglass measurements (refractions), glasses, or contact lenses. We also do not take Medicare plans signed over to HMOs or to Kaiser. Patients with these insurances are welcomed to see our doctors with our self-pay rates.

Do you take Tricare?

We take Tricare for Life and Tricare West. We take Medicare with Tricare secondary. We take Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) as well as Community Care Provider-Request for Service.

What PPO insurances do you take?

We take most PPO insurances for medical evaluation including the following:


Anthem Blue Cross

Blue Shield


Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)

HealthNet of California


Special Agents Mutual Benefit Association (SAMBA)

United Healthcare

Please call us for 858-273-0200 if you have questions about your specific plan.

Do you take Medi-cal or HMO plans?

No, we are currently not contracted to take Medi-Cal plans and some Covered California plans.

We do not take other HMO plans. We do not take Sharp or Scripps HMO or Kaiser. Patients with these plans are welcome to see our doctors with our self-pay rates.

As a small side note, we have started to take a few HMOs plans for via referral for select patients for cataract surgery and minimally invasive glaucoma surgery. These patients are referred to us by their primary care physician (PCP). These plans include Alignment HMO and Astiva Health HMO / Avanta IPA.

What are your self-pay rates?

We have competitive self-pay or “cash-pay” rates based on Medicare set rates. New patient visits without testing usually run between $200-$250. Often ophthalmic testing is required for diagnosis. For example, a full self-pay glaucoma exam including dilation, corneal thickness measurements, an optic nerve OCT scan, an optic nerve photo, and visual field can cost $420.

Glasses measurements, also known as refractions are $75. Our usual and customary charge for contact lens fittings is $250.

To inquire about our cash pay rates for surgical procedures, please call our number in order to submit an inquiry to our surgical schedulers. Procedures quotes are an estimate and will include a surgeon fee, a facility fee, and an anesthesia fee. These quotes are subject to change until you have been examined by our doctors to indicate the exact nature of the procedure or surgery needed.

Do you take vision plans?

Our clinic and optical shop participate with EyeMed, VSP Signature and VSP Choice. Unfortunately we are not taking VSP Medicaid.

What’s the difference between medical and vision insurance?

Vision plans typically pay a portion of basic preventive care such as vision tests and eyeglass lenses, eyeglass frames, and contact lenses. Vision insurance may also offer additional coverage such as discounts on corrective eye surgery like LASIK and daily disposable contact lens coverage. Anyone can benefit from vision insurance since eye exams can detect hidden medical problems.

Patients aged 20-39 should visit their eye doctor every five to 10 years. People aged 40 to 54 should have their eyes examined every 2-4 years. Adults ages 55 to 64 should have eye exams every 1-3 years, and people aged 65 and above should have office visits every 1-2 years.

What happens if a problem is detected? If there is a medical diagnosis detected, medical insurance may cover the medical eye problem. Medical insurance can also be used to cover follow-up of the eye problem. Many medical insurances have deductibles which is the amount you pay for covered health care services before your insurance plan begins to pay.

Do you have a question about a bill?

For Billing questions, patients can reach the NVISION Billing Team by dialing: (844) 334-9394