Frequently Asked Questions

At NVIC we are committed to ensuring you are always familiar with the care you will receive with us. We understand that you are making important health choices and we want that to be as easy and informative as possible. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions.

100% Focused on Vision Therapy

Nebraska Visual Integration Center (NVIC) is 100% dedicated to Vision Therapy. Our office does not provide routine eye exams and this allows us to focus all of our time and energy on providing the best Vision Therapy and Functional vision care.

The dedication, training and experience in Vision Therapy is what makes Nebraska Visual Integration Center unique. Our doctors and staff have direct training under the best and most well-known Optometrists currently providing Vision Therapy. Dr. Gates is currently the only residency-trained fellow in vision therapy in all of Nebraska.

Nebraska Visual Integration Center provides vision care to the Omaha,  and Lincoln area as well surrounding regions.

FAQ

We are committed to education for our patients

What to Expect

  • Functional / Developmental Vision Exam
    60-90 minutes

    An evaluation of functional visual skills of eye teaming ability, depth perception, focusing ability, eye movement coordination, and visual sensory-motor integration.

  • Visual Information Processing Exam
    90 minutes

    An evaluation to determine how the visual system processes information, and how vision integrates with the other sense modalities for the purposes of thinking and learning.

  • Report
    A comprehensive report will be prepared at the completion of testing.  This report will detail the testing performed, the specific visual abilities evaluated, and overall performance.  It will discuss the implications of the visual dysfunction on performance in academic, sports and daily activities and will make recommendations for remediation of the visual issues.
  • Patient / Parent Visit
    30-45 Min

    An in-depth conference with the doctor will be scheduled to review the diagnostic findings, prognosis, therapeutic recommendations and to answer any questions and concerns you might have regarding the initial evaluation. For children we prefer both parents be present at this conference to ensure full understanding.

A visit to Nebraska Visual Integration Center will consist of specialty neurovisual testing and may include further integrated sensorimotor testing which will evaluate visual information processing and visual integrative skills.

Your experience at Nebraska Visual Integration Center will provide you with an in-depth encounter that will answer all your questions and determine if Vision Therapy can help you / your child.

Functional / Developmental Vision Examinations

When presenting to Nebraska Visual Integration Center, patients will receive an in-depth vision evaluation of functional visual skills including eye teaming ability, depth perception, focusing ability, eye movement coordination (often incorporating the use of an infrared-based eye moment reading analysis), and visual sensory-motor integration. Testing will include evaluating visual performance in the distance as well as at near where reduced visual skills can impact efficiency and comfort in reading as well as abilities in visual information processing.

Integrated Visual Information Processing Evaluation

Nebraska Visual Integration Center also provides testing to determine abilities in visual information acquisition and processing and how those skills integrate with other senses. This group of tests will determine how you / your child uses the visual system for the purposes of thinking, problem solving, and learning. It will also provide an assessment of visual-motor, visual-spatial, auditory-visual integration, and body motor integration

Getting Started

Our in-depth evaluations involve a standardized battery of tests that assess functional visual performance to determine an accurate diagnosis, prognosis, and effective therapy recommendations if needed. This is a specialty neurovisual evaluation that goes beyond routine eye care and is designed to determine the impact of visual issues on performance in school, work, sports, and other daily activities.

Therapy

Neuro-developmental visual services are often covered by most medical insurances, but vary by plan. Nebraska Visual Integration Center is an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies and does ask for full payment at the time of services. Reimbursement for covered services will be sent from your insurance company directly to you.

Syntonics / Light Therapy

Nebraska Visual Integration Center is the only office in Nebraska to provide this service to our patients. Typically, syntonics (also known as light therapy, will be used as a supplement to office-based Vision Therapy.  Read More

  • Functional Vision Therapy
    60 minutes

    In office visits 1-3 times week

  • Sports Vision Therapy
    60 minutes

    In office visits 1-3 times week

  • Progress Checks
    60-90 Min

    Every 16th session in office progress checks & report

What is Vision Therapy?

One of the most important elements to an individual’s life is their ability to see and process the world around them visually.

Vision therapy is a non-surgical treatment program that aides in improving an individual’s functioning visual system. Treatment includes a variety of specifically programmed procedures designed by a specialty trained optometrist to influence how the eyes and brain work together.

There are a variety of common visual problems that our patients have including (but not limited to) double vision, crossed eyes, lazy eye, reading/learning disabilities, and convergence insufficiency. Our specialists will properly assess your situation and provide the necessary treatment method that is best for you. Once the proper method is chosen, our specialists will conduct the treatments in-office during weekly sessions. Vision therapy, is NOT eye exercises, and is not designed to strengthen your eye muscles. Vision therapy develops, rehabilitates, and enhances deficient visual skills to improve visual comfort, ease, efficiency, and changes how a person processes and interprets visual information.

Will Insurance cover my visits?

Typically insurance policies cover the majority of cost for the initial visit, and may cover a portion of the therapy program. Patients are responsible for determining what your health insurance policy will provide for covered benefits. Upon request, we would be happy to provide you with the information for pre-determination of benefits for you to discuss with your insurance company.

Is Nebraska Visual Integration Center In-Network or Out-of-Network?

Nebraska Visual Integration Center (NVIC) is an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies and requires payment at the time of service. We feel our time is best spent focused on patient care and not restrictions and red tape required by most insurance plans.

It’s important to understand the unwillingness of your insurance company to pay for services does not reduce the need for obtaining treatment. While Vision Therapy is not inexpensive, it should be seen as an investment in yourself or your child’s future. 

We understand the commitment required of Vision Therapy. We, as well as our patients, are also aware of the truly life-changing impact Vision Therapy can have on children and adults of all ages. We offer various financing options to help make sure insurance or any financial reason is not the barrier preventing you/your child from receiving the necessary life-changing care. We have made special arrangements with Care Credit to offer various payment plans. If you have any other questions related to the process of insurance for Vision Therapy, please call the office at (402) 502-0043 and we’d be happy to discuss them with you.

Forms and Filing Insurance Claims

You will be responsible for filing insurance claims. Upon request, we will provide the forms along with the procedural and diagnosis codes for you to submit to your insurance. You may need to contact your insurance company regarding their specific process of filing claims.

CareCredit

We accept CareCredit

CareCredit is a specialized plan for medical purposes. We are pleased to accept this as a payment option for our patients with a 6 month differed interest plan.

Why use CareCredit?

  • CareCredit allows many of our families to start VT right away while they determine what their insurance will cover
  • Many families will use CareCredit to supplement what their insurance will cover
  • Reach needed deductibles on a payment plan before insurance will reimburse
  • CareCredit may be used for many health related services for the whole family
  • If insurance will not pay towards VT our families are able to continue using their CareCredit
Please let the office know if you would like more information about our 6 month no interest CareCredit offering.

Insurance

Neuro-developmental visual services are often covered by most medical insurances, but vary by plan. Nebraska Visual Integration Center is an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies and does ask for full payment at the time of services. Reimbursement for covered services will be sent from your insurance company directly to you.

CareCredit

“CareCredit is different from a regular credit card.

Use it to pay for out-of-pocket expenses not covered by medical insurance, and special financing options are available that you may not be able to get with other cards.

Pay for health, and wellness care at over 200,000 enrolled providers across the nation. Once you’ve applied, you can use it again and again at any location that accepts CareCredit.”