What does the G and the H stand for in GH Eye?

G is for Gainesville. H is for Haymarket. GH Eye is located in Gainesville but it’s right on the border of Gainesville and Haymarket. In fact, patients from Haymarket can walk to our office. But we are also located just about 1/2 mile from I-66 (use the Gainesville 29 North exit). Luckily, that’s the 29 exit WITHOUT the construction mess!)

GH Eye is conveniently located to Manassas, Warrenton, Bristow, Marshall, and Nokesville. Even Fairfax County is convenient — if you make sure you are not driving in the direction of rush hour traffic.

We welcomes patients from all parts of Virginia!

Should I wear my contact lenses to my eye examination appointment?

If you wear contact lenses most of the time, we recommend you come in wearing your contact lenses. If you only wear contact lenses occasionally or if you are experiencing pain or discomfort with your lenses, then do not wear them the day of the appointment.

We suggest you bring your latest pair of eyeglasses to your contact lens examination appointment. Also, bring any contact lens packs that have your current contact lens prescription information. After your eye examination we usually recommend the latest technology in contact lenses. However, it is helpful to know what you have been wearing and how it has worked out for you.

What is the difference between an optometrist and an ophthalmologist?

Dr. Ally Stoeger is a doctor of optometry. Doctors of optometry evaluate, diagnose and treat vision problems and medical eye diseases and disorders. Of course many medical eye diseases also cause vision problems.

In addition to determining eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions, Dr. Stoeger is experienced in examining and treating patients with cataracts, glaucoma, floaters, eye infections, ocular foreign bodies, dry eye, allergies, eye pain, etc. If advanced treatment or surgery is required, Dr. Stoeger will co-ordinate your referral to advanced specialists.

Patients are often confused because some eye doctors seem to just be involved with eyeglass or contact lens vision and don’t provide an emphasis on thorough eye health evaluation; while others do a quick vision check because they concentrate more on eye health. Dr. Ally Stoeger commitment to her patients is making sure that patients receive BOTH vision and medical care and consideration when they have an appointment at GH Eye.

If I don’t have a vision plan, does medical insurance cover eye exams?

In many cases, patients will find that their primary MEDICAL eye insurance plan will cover their visits. Medical plans do not cover “routine” annual examination. However, if you have eye problems that you are concerned about, your medical insurance plan may cover part, or even all, of your visit. Examples of medical eye problems include:

  • ocular allergies
  • dry eyes
  • eye pain
  • eye injuries
  • diseases that require eye examinations because the disease, or medications that you take to treat the disease) they can affect the eyes. Examples include diabetes, hypertension, auto-immune disease, thryoid disease, cancer, migraines, etc.
  • a history of eye diseases or eye injuries. For example, if a previous eye examination resulted in the doctor informing you that you are at risk for glaucoma, your eye examination will generally be covered via medical insurance as long as you inform us that you need an annual examination for monitoring glaucoma risk.