First Visit

What to Expect at Your First Visit

Your initial visit to our office may take 1 to 3 hours, depending upon the type of retinal problem you have and the need for specialized tests such as fluorescein angiography, ophthalmic ultrasound, and optical coherence tomography. To examine your retina it will be necessary to place dilating drops in your eyes. If possible, it is best to bring someone with you to your visit to drive you home. You will first encounter our front desk staff, who will assist you in checking in and sorting out authorization and insurance information. You will then meet one of our technical staff, who will obtain a medical and ophthalmic history, check your vision, measure your eye pressure and dilate one or both eyes as appropriate. Your eye doctor will see you once your eyes are dilated and examine you with an ophthalmoscope. This allows us to see your retina in close detail and will help to determine what problem you might have. In some cases, special tests such as fluorescein angiography may be ordered. Many times we are able to obtain the angiogram within 20 to 30 minutes and make treatment decisions quickly. In some cases treatment such as lasers or injections may be done on the same day as your visit or be scheduled for a future date. For some retinal disorders, immediate treatment is needed and will be performed. Because the retina is subject to diseases that sometimes require emergency treatment, we often need to see unscheduled patients. We make every effort to provide expedient care to all of our patients, but, in the case of emergency, we treat those with the greatest need as quickly as possible.

In Office

In addition to performing examinations, diagnostic tests, and consultations, all of our offices are outfitted to perform in-office therapeutic procedures. Equipment is available to perform retinal laser surgery, injections, and photodynamic therapy as well as other treatments that may be necessary for your condition. In most cases, these treatments require only topical (eye drop) or local anesthesia.

Open Communication

We believe that quality care begins with open communication. We promise to speak candidly with you about our diagnosis and recommendations, any alternative treatments, and any symptoms present that may require further treatment.