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Old 08.08.2011, 18:35
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Re: Mid life eye check up (English Speaking / Zurich)

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My Sanitas policy will throw 300 back at me. Softens the blow a bit.

It's good that you went to the eye doctor then as they won't do this unless you do (in case it's more serious than eye-sight deterioration from getting old).

I needed glasses for the first time last year and it's a complete pain - especially when doing things like reading a map when out running.
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It's good that you went to the eye doctor then as they won't do this unless you do (in case it's more serious than eye-sight deterioration from getting old).

I needed glasses for the first time last year and it's a complete pain - especially when doing things like reading a map when out running.

How far do you go to need a map?
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Old 08.08.2011, 18:39
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How far do you go to need a map?

No idea - I can't see where I'm going so I get lost a lot !
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So denial is over, I am presbyopic, diagnosed 2 years ago in England,
Oh my. Will that get you excommunicated?

(pause)

I don't know how old you are, but I started wearing bifocals at 36. *cussing under breath* It really isn't that bad. In fact, it's a great opportunity to have fun with glasses since you're not wearing them all the time, so you can get whatever goofy color or shape you want. Just make sure the lenses are big enough for your.... *ahem* bifocal area.

As others have said, go see an Augenarzt to get the full scope of diagnosis. Then take your script to whatever store you desire. It's a lot cheaper in Germany right now. The VAT refund alone will pay for your gas.
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Re: Mid life eye check up (English Speaking / Zurich)

As I have to get so close to the computer I'm leaving nose prints on the screen, I've decided it's time for a trip to the opticians as well.

A colleague told me that you don't need to make an appointment for a standard sight test in CH. I've never worn glasses or set foot in an opticians, and he knows this. Is what he says true, or am I having my gullible British leg pulled?
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As I have to get so close to the computer I'm leaving nose prints on the screen, I've decided it's time for a trip to the opticians as well.

A colleague told me that you don't need to make an appointment for a standard sight test in CH. I've never worn glasses or set foot in an opticians, and he knows this. Is what he says true, or am I having my gullible British leg pulled?
My driving license eye test was appointment-free. Over Summer you may need an appointment though as practitioners are on holiday.

Always best to find one near you and phone first.
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Re: Mid life eye check up (English Speaking / Zurich)

Hello everyone,

I'm a first time poster but long time lurker, and finding this thread of particular interest as I have been putting off the visit to the Optician for a while! I also need to do the driving test bit too, but that's another story.

Quick question for someone knowledgeable... Was there a fee for the actual eye examination itself or is this refunded from insurance? (I understand about the glasses themselves of course).

I like the look of Omma; will give them a try.

In my case before arriving I was diagnosed with a small cataract in my left eye, so I have no idea how this will pan out.. or maybe I will fly back home for this!

Cheers in advance for any feedback!
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Hello everyone,

I'm a first time poster but long time lurker, and finding this thread of particular interest as I have been putting off the visit to the Optician for a while! I also need to do the driving test bit too, but that's another story.

Quick question for someone knowledgeable... Was there a fee for the actual eye examination itself or is this refunded from insurance? (I understand about the glasses themselves of course).

I like the look of Omma; will give them a try.

In my case before arriving I was diagnosed with a small cataract in my left eye, so I have no idea how this will pan out.. or maybe I will fly back home for this!

Cheers in advance for any feedback!
The eye examination was done by a professional , not by a shop that sells glasses. I have yet to receive a bill, but for 45 minutes I won't be surprised if the bill comes in at 150-250. My particular policy covers this but YMMV.
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Re: Mid life eye check up (English Speaking / Zurich)

To give you another anecdote:

The first ophthalmologist exam was covered by my insurance.

However, although my vision problems are new the underlying cause is a disease that had been excluded from my supplemental health coverage as a pre-existing condition.

So far anything that falls under basic insurance has been covered - which is most of the treatment. However a few things that would normally have been covered by supplemental insurance, like an eye ultrasound by a specialist at the hospital, were not covered due to the exclusion.

The good news is that prices here - even for specialist treatment - have so far been rather a bargain compared to the outrageous prices I'd be paying back home.

YMMV, as always.
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Re: Mid life eye check up (English Speaking / Zurich)

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The eye examination was done by a professional, not by a shop that sells glasses.
Indeed! I should hope so too!

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I have yet to receive a bill, but for 45 minutes I won't be surprised if the bill comes in at 150-250. My particular policy covers this but YMMV.
Thanks very much Upthehatters2008 for the lightning fast reply! Always nice to have a 'ballpark'. Guess I should look though my policy too... Hopefully Atupri's HMO type thing covers that...
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Thanks very much Upthehatters2008 for the lightning fast reply! Always nice to have a 'ballpark'. Guess I should look though my policy too... Hopefully Atupri's HMO type thing covers that...
I think there is some confusion - the thread is about an eye complaint that UtH went to have sorted out, not a routine vision test required for a drivers' licence.

You can walk into any opticians and they will either do it there and then if they are quiet or make an appointment you.

UtH's "ballpark" figure is probably in a different park in your case.
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Re: Mid life eye check up (English Speaking / Zurich)

I can recommend the following group practice.

http://www.tazz.ch/uberuns/angebot.html

They have quite some international exposure (patient and education wise).

Although the website is not in english, they all speak it quite well.
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The eye examination was done by a professional , not by a shop that sells glasses.
Indeed! I should hope so too!

Somehow, it wasn't until Canuk_in_CH's reply that I noticed this bit...

In many places, an Optician (you know, the person who'd be examining eyes in a shop) IS a "professional"... they are required to have years of training as well before they can call themselves by that title.

Of course, as with many other professional titles, the number of years, the training requirements themselves and the number and types of exams required to be passed differ by location and local laws but still, it remains, that it is NOT something that some Jane-off-the-street can simply come in and start doing. The places I've worked that DO allow J-o-t-s to call herself an Optician do not allow them to examine eyes, "only" to make and sell eyeglasses.

So, we come to here. The Opticians here go through quite a few years of training, the ones examining eyes here would likely be "Master Opticians" which (if I correctly remember what I was told) is equivalent to a 4yrs worth of studies in addition to some "on the job" training by way of apprenticeship for the skill.

By comparison, in Illinois you "merely" have to have proven some skill and understanding to your employer and you can be called such by your employer. In Florida you can either go through 2yr degree program or 5 years of apprenticeship under a licensed Optician (passing exams for competency in optical theory regarding eyeglasses and contact lenses is required in Florida as well, they are - or "were" in any case - "optional" in Illinois). In Canada, according to what I've read, only Ontario and Quebec are similar in the "proof of knowledge" required here but the license (apparently) can be granted without the same sort of practical training requirements.


Having worked in Illinois where I could be called an Optician based upon shown skill, working WITH an individual who went to school but never actually WORKED with glasses or patients (outside of course labs), I can say that each method has it's benefit. I knew the "what happens when" better than my coworker - and how to fix it - and she understood the theory behind it better. Here, they have the "best" of both worlds, requiring practical knowledge as well as having to do formal studies. They are not medical doctors, no, but they are indeed professionals.


With all that said (sorry, very long-winded), IF you are over 40 and have not seen an Opthalmologist (medical doctor trained for eyes) since turning 40, you really, really should. Even if you believe everything is okay, or maybe even "especially" if you believe everything is okay, as then they can see what is normal for you and as you get older, as the common age-related things happen, they have a better picture of what's happening for you and they can judge progression of those as well as the less common things.

If you are diabetic or have heart / blood pressure issues, or if they run in your family, and of course, if you know yourself to have eye-health issues, you too should see an Opthalmologist, no matter how old you are. If "all" you need is a vision test for glasses, fitting for contact lenses, or proof of visual acuity for driving purposes, an Optician will do the trick - if they see something to be concerned about though, they will recommend that you see an Opthalmologist.
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As a new arrival I can also recommend Omma too... very decent and were able to speak english as mine sucks at the moment...
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Re: Mid life eye check up (English Speaking / Zurich)

Had a recent experience where I went to the airport medical centre where an eye specialist comes in once a week. I only went because I had a small rash on my eyes, but after some tests it turns out I may have an early case of Glaucoma (I'm 35). Have to go back for more tests so hoping all is well, but was very impressed with the eye specialist there, perfect English, very helpful and not super expensive (as I was expecting !!!)
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Re: Mid life eye check up (English Speaking / Zurich)

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I had constantly runny eyes
Constantly runny eyes is an indicator for dry eyes.
Counter intuitive I know.
In some people the tears aren't viscous enough and evaporate away, so the eye gets dry. To compensate the eyes produces more tears.

Did the tear duct flushing help?
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