What to Expect – Your First Visit
Curious about what to expect at your first visit? An initial or complete exam will take 1-2 hours. Most of the time your eyes will be dilated for complete exams and retinal evaluations. Dilation causes sensitivity to light. It would be beneficial if you bring a pair of sunglasses with you to your appointment. However, if you forget we supply complementary disposable sunglasses to aid in your comfort and care even after you leave our office. Dilation will also temporarily cause you to be unable to read up close, however, your distance vision should not be effected allowing you to drive safely home.
Some patients do however feel more comfortable and prefer to have someone drive them; it is entirely up to you. Your eyes will remain dilated anywhere from 3-6 hours after the exam.
During your exam our certified ophthalmic assistant or technician performs a full work up including a complete history, checks your vision, glasses, intraocular pressure and visual fields. Based on the specific reason(s) for the exam, other tests may be performed. The doctor will then see you to evaluate test results and examine the health of every part of your eye. The doctor will determine if there are any medical problems, a change in prescription, or glasses/contacts. Our doctors are thorough in educating patients about their specific eye conditions. We want you to leave with a complete understanding of your eyes along with treatment options if necessary. For further information about eye care and conditions check out our Eye Resources links at the bottom of the page.
*Don’t forget to fill out your new patient exam forms that will be mailed to you when you call and schedule an appointment or you can download them from our website.
*Please bring your current eyeglasses and/or contact lenses and a list of your current medications to your appointment.