I woke up one morning to find one of my eyes very bloodshot and red. There was no pain involved whatsoever. I phoned my family doctor, who told me it may be a ruptured blood vessel. This was not a big issue, but get it checked out at an eye doctor. I got my referral. I phone a local optical doctor, one I had visited a few years ago, as he is close by. The girl who answered said, that with all the dry heat, it was probably just a ruptured blood vessel. Forced dry heat in the cold weather does this. It looked bad, no pain. There was nothing that I could feel or see in that eye, as in a forgein object.
Tuesday, I went to Dr Mellish's office. I spent about 2 minutes in the waiting area. Then, the dr called me back, said "Well, there is nothing in there, if there was, it's not there now". I knew that ! He did not , I repeat , did not, touch the eye with anything, surgical or not. The whole visit lasted maybe 6 -10 minutes.Then, he told me to use these eye drops. He told me he would administer 2 doses at that time. He did only one. Told me to come back in a week. I , at that point, scheduled an appt to get my eyes examined for new glasses. This was for the following Tuesday.
Okay, this visit, he took about another minute to look at the eye, still no surgical or invasive treatments used. He said,keep using the drops, you were lucky there was no infection. Infection ? The issue cleared itself up totally by Thursday of the first weeek. I asked why I had not gotten what I came for, my eye exam . He forgot, so then did the exam.
I picked out frames, fitted, billed, the whole nine yards. Vey expensive, but they were what I liked. Between the time they called to tell me I could pick up my glasses & then, I got a BIG bill from Blue Cross, where the office did not submitt a referral. This did not surprise me, but the charges did. I paid my copays, for each visit, totally $60. The office charged for more than one visit on one day, maybe the exam.
What really got me was that they charged for eye surgery. I was nuts with anger! I had NO surgery what so ever. I phone BC/BS and told them. They said he was charging for removal of a forgein object. He himself told me there was NOTHING there.I refused payment on the deposit for the glasses, seeing how he got $539 for something he did not do. I will NOT pick up the glasses. I will never go there again. This man obviously makes his money from ripping off the health system. He got all he will get from me.
I did inform BC/BS of this matter and they said to rport itto them. I hope he will not continue to be paid for services he did not perform. This is why our insurance is so high ! As far as I care, the office can "eat" the cost of making the glasses, as they were paid for them MANY times over!!
nj, New Jersey