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Frequently Asked Questions

At Horizon Eye Care, we’re dedicated to providing our patients with the best possible care. The following FAQs will help provide answers to many our patients’ most common questions. If we haven’t answered your questions, you can ask using our contact form or by calling one of our seven Charlotte area office locations.

  • How much do you charge for eye exams and what is included?

    If you do not have insurance coverage for a routine eye exam, our fee is $160 which includes both the medical examination and the refraction (although they will be listed separately on your bill). The refraction is the portion of the exam where the doctor determines the prescription you need for glasses. The fee does not include the cost of a contact lens fitting or check.
  • What age should my child be when they have their first eye exam?

    Horizon Eye Care is a kid-friendly practice specializing in the treatment of children of all ages, including newborns. There is no set age for a first eye exam; it's different for every child. Please visit our Pediatric Ophthalmology page for more details.
  • Will my eyes be dilated?

    Your eyes will normally be dilated for a routine eye exam. Dilating your eyes helps the doctor to see the back of your eye to detect serious eye diseases. Your eyes will typically remain dilated and light sensitive for a few hours but can vary depending on which type of dilation drops were administered. So remember to bring your sunglasses.
  • How long will I be in the office for a complete eye exam?

    Our routine eye exam typically lasts between an hour and an hour and a half.
  • At what age can my child begin to see a non-pediatric eye doctor?

    That also differs for every child. At Horizon Eye Care, our pediatric and other ophthalmologists work together to determine when your child is ready to make the switch. We ensure your child's smooth transition and a lifetime of the highest-quality eye care.
  • What is the difference between an ophthalmologist (MD) and an optometrist (OD)?


    An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor who went on for additional training in residency and fellowships to specialize in the eye. Ophthalmologists perform routine eye care, but spend most of their clinical time working with patients who have a medical condition with their eye or need surgery.

    An optometrist is a doctor who specializes in optometry and has earned a Doctor of Optometry degree. Optometry is the science that deals with assessing, diagnosing, treating, and managing the eye and related structures for visual difficulties (such as nearsightedness and farsightedness) and eye diseases. Horizon has four optometrists on staff and there are many community-based optometrists in Charlotte with whom we have mutual patients and referral relationships.

    Both ophthalmologists and optometrists can prescribe medications and diagnose and treat eye diseases, but only ophthalmologists perform surgery.