Payment Options

  • At The Eye Institute, our goal is to promote good eye health and give you the clearest vision possible. We accept several types of vision and medical insurance, cash, checks, CareCredit, and most credit cards. We inform our Raleigh and Knightdale patients about exam and treatment costs at the beginning of an appointment. 

    Vision Insurance

    The knowledgeable staff at The Eye Institute is experienced in working with vision insurance providers. We will work directly with you and your vision insurer to submit claims regarding your vision care. We strive to ensure that you understand your insurance coverage and will answer any questions you may have regarding your benefits.

    Many current vision plans are designed to cover most of the necessary vision-related costs, but not all costs associated with eye care. Most plans often require a co-payment for an office appointment as well as additional expenses that are covered by the insured patient.

    Medical Insurance

    If you do not have vision insurance, your medical insurance may provide some coverage for eye exams or eye health exams. We can help you determine whether this is an option. Ask our front desk team about coordinating with your medical insurance provider.

    Contact us to find out if your insurance provider is accepted in our office or for more information about your vision coverage.


    If you don’t have vision or medical insurance, there is still another option to help you get the eye care and vision correction you need. The CareCredit healthcare credit card with special financing options helps remove that cost barrier, giving you a way to fit the cost of eye care into your monthly budget. CareCredit can help you finance:

    • LASIK
    • Premium IOL
    • Co-pay for Retina treatments
    • Dry eye treatments
    • Ortho-K
    • Eyeglasses, Vision Therapy and more

    Learn more about CareCredit and get started.

    Flexible Spending Accounts

    Many employers offer Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options to employees. Sometimes these are referred to as cafeteria plans and are elective, supplemental insurance savings plans. These plans are designed to let you save money in an account, pre-tax, to pay for additional medical expenses such as eye exams, glasses, contacts, and often laser vision surgery. Check with the benefits administrator at your work to see if you are eligible for this program. FSAs can typically be used in conjunction with any vision insurance plan to offset any out-of-pocket costs on your behalf.

    Other Payment Options

    Our optometry staff understands that cost is a concern when evaluating vision care providers. We do not want cost to be an obstacle to maintaining proper eye health and good vision. We accept various forms of payment and can discuss financing options with you before your examination. At The Eye Institute, we also accept cash, check, and major credit cards. Contact one of our three locations to schedule your eye exam.