What Can You Expect During Your Visit?
- 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
- Co-pays are due at the time of visit.
- 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 a test called a “refraction” is performed to help the doctor assess the overall health of your eyes and 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.
- We will closely examine the surface of your eyes including the eyelids, tear film and cornea.
- Intraocular pressure is taken as a screening for glaucoma and any elevated readings are re-assessed and further evaluated by the doctor.
- To best evaluate the inside of your eye and lens, the doctor will examine and assess your eye health after your eyes have been dilated. 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.
- Diagnostic Testing
- Any problems that present during the visit will be addressed and explained, as well as any additional testing that may be required.