Below you will find a list of primary insurance companies with which we participate. This means we are contracted with them and accept payment from them directly. The insurance companies may offer various plans, and it is possible that we do not participate with all plans, particularly the HMO plans, which may have limited panels of doctors. If in doubt, it is best to call our office to verify whether your insurance will cover your visit. Please note that insurance companies change plans and policies every year, so we will do our best to determine in advance if the visit will be covered, but sometimes we can’t know until the actual claim has been submitted.
Per our Payment Policy, “co-pays” are due at the time of service. We will bill you for co-insurance and any out-of pocket deductible after we have received your benefit payments from insurance, if any. New patients with high deductible plans are asked to pay $100 at the time of service, and then will be balance-billed once the claim has been processed by insurance.
Please note that if you have traditional, “straight” Medicare as your primary coverage, we do accept payment from any and all “secondary/supplementary” insurance companies (including those not on the list below).
Also, if you have a Medicare “Advantage” plan (also referred to as a Medicare Replacement Plan, or “Managed Medicare”) that is offered by a commercial insurance company, your insurance will be accepted.
Finally, we see some patients without insurance who are “self-pay”. Please call the office to discuss our fees.
Other companies may be added from time to time; if you are unsure, please call the office.
New patients may wish to print out the following forms, print them, and complete them prior to their first visit, saving some time at the office. You will need to complete and bring with you:
Please click to open, and please read: Notice of Privacy Practices Notice of Privacy Practices
PLEASE NOTE THESE FORMS CANNOT BE COMPLETED ON THE WEB BUT MUST BE PRINTED AND EITHER MAILED OR BROUGHT TO THE OFFICE
As a new patient, your initial appointment will typically involve a comprehensive set of tests, examinations, history-taking, and a thorough analysis of all aspects of the condition of your eyes, and the development of a plan of therapy (if needed). As such, you should expect the duration of your visit to be as much as two hours, and possibly up to three hours (depending on complexity). Typical new patient visits include: collecting of insurance information and completion of new patient registration forms (unless pre-completed – the forms are available for download, printing, and completion prior to your visit elsewhere on this web site); taking of medical and ophthalmic history; acuity and intraocular pressure measurement; visual field testing; imaging and measurement of the inside of the eye (with photography, computerized scans, or both); corneal thickness measurement; microscopic examination of the eye; consultation with Dr. Schumer including a comprehensive review of test results, discussion of diagnostic impressions, and the design and beginning implementation of a management or therapeutic plan.
Please note: we request 48 hours notice for cancellations or changes to your appointment; please contact us well in advance if you have to re-schedule.
Finally, please be sure to take all of your medications - eye as well as any other - on the day of your visit.
Please call if you have any questions.
To make the most of your visit, please bring all of the following, if available:
Also: IF YOU ARE A CONTACT LENS WEARER: if at all possible do NOT wear contact lenses to your visit but instead wear glasses
Glaucoma management has grown to be a very specialized sub-field of ophthalmology that benefits from the use of dedicated and highly technical equipment. Hudson Valley Glaucoma Care houses such state-of-the-art equipment, and your care here will take full advantage of all the powerful diagnostic techniques that are thereby available. Dr. Schumer and his staff at Hudson Valley Glaucoma Care employ a virtual arsenal of equipment which is, with regard to glaucoma evaluation and management, unique in the Hudson Valley and which is comparable to what would be found at any academic medical center in a major urban setting. Equipment includes:
Dr. Schumer is trained, experienced, and skilled at performing in-office laser surgery for Glaucoma and various complex surgical glaucoma procedures. He also brings to bear a rich body of scientific and clinical knowledge of ocular anatomy, physiology, and pathology as well as of mechanisms of disease. The staff at Hudson Valley Glaucoma Care are all highly trained, conscientious, and committed to attentive and intelligent patient care in general and to glaucoma diagnosis and treatment in particular. (You can see what other patients have had to say by clicking here.)
The overall purpose and goal of our work at Hudson Valley Glaucoma Care is to diagnose and treat Glaucoma in all its manifestations, be it newly diagnosed, chronic and well-controlled, or advanced and/or poorly controlled. Dr. Schumer and his staff have extensive experience and expertise in treating all forms of narrow-angle and also open-angle Glaucoma. The experience of being a patient at Hudson Valley Glaucoma Care will be educational and enlightening and will involve you in an intensive and thorough evaluation. It will also include the development of a thoughtful and comprehensive management plan, the goal of which is to stabilize vision loss from Glaucoma in order to help to ensure good vision for the remainder of your life.