What Can You Expect During Your Visit?
Check In: Welcome to Bellingham Bay Ophthalmology PLLC!
- As a new patient, we will ask that you complete our New Patient Information Forms. It is helpful if you arrive 10-15 mins prior to your exam in order to have adequate time to fill out the paperwork.
- If you would like to print and fill them out beforehand, the forms are located under the “Patient Information” tab.
- Please bring the following to your visit:
- A valid driver’s license or picture identification
- Your current insurance card (s)
- A current list of medications/allergies
- Your insurance company requires us to collect co-pays; you may now do this on our website before or after your appointment, and we can also keep your card on file if you like. Just click on the "Make a payment" link on the left.
- Referrals are required by some insurance companies (Humana Gold, Premera Med Advantage, Veterans Choice, as examples); this is easily handled by calling your primary care doctor. Their referral department will fax a referral to our office. We may need to reschedule your appointment if the referral is not in place.
- We will document any current eye concerns and past problems. We will also review your health history including current medications and allergies.
- Your visual acuity will be measured and we will assess your visual field, pupil reaction and muscle function.
- The prescription of your current glasses will be measured and if a new glasses prescription is necessary, a test called a “refraction” is performed to address if any changes are necessary. This is the test where you are asked “which one is better, one or two?” with your answers used to build your glasses prescription (the refraction portion of the eye exam is not always covered by insurance; be sure to check with your insurance company to make yourself familiar with your coverage).
- We will closely examine the surface of your eyes including the eyelids, tear ducts, tear film and cornea. Your doctor will also assess your irises, pupils and lenses.
- Your intraocular pressure is taken as a screening for glaucoma; any elevated readings are re-assessed and further evaluated with additional diagnostic testing, as ordered by your physician.
- To best evaluate the posterior segment (back of your eyes), the doctor will examine and assess your eye health after your eyes have been dilated. This allows your doctor to clearly examine your retinas, optic nerves and vitreous. Your vision may be slightly blurry and light sensitive after the dilation. Some patients feel more comfortable bringing a driver to their appointment, although it is not required.
The rest of your visit:
- Various diagnostic testing procedures as ordered
- Any problems that present during the visit will be addressed and explained to your satisfaction. We want to be sure that you feel that all your questions and concerns have been addressed and answered.
- Any follow-up appointments can be made after your visit is concluded.
The Optical Shop:
* Don't forget to stop in to see Brad, our Optician, to choose your new frames, or if you prefer, he can order lenses with your new prescription to fit in your existing frames - his tracer will make a pattern of your current frame!