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I’m new to your practice and would like to make my first appointment. What type of medical or other information do I need to provide at my first visit?
For your first visit to our office, we would like you to bring a list of any medications you are currently taking. We also need to know if you have allergies to any medications. If possible, please bring all of your current prescription eyewear.
Do you accept payment by credit card?
Yes. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card and debit cards.
My regular doctor is sending me to your doctors to treat a specific medical problem with my eyes. Will my health insurance cover something like this?
If your primary care physician refers you to one of our doctors for a medical reason, most health insurance policies will cover the visit. It may be a good idea for you to check with your insurance company first if you have questions about your coverage.
My regular eye doctor has recommended surgery but doesn’t perform it himself. If I go to you for my surgery, do I have to switch eye doctors
No. You do not need to switch eye doctors. We often perform surgery on patients referred from other doctors. After your surgery, we encourage you to see your regular eye doctor for your future eye care.
What if I have an eye emergency?
If you have a condition that you consider to be an emergency, we will make every attempt to schedule you that day. There might be a wait while we make an opening for you, but we will see you as soon as possible.
How much time should I allow for my regular eye exam?
A full eye examination may take between one to two hours. If new eyewear needs to be selected, allow an additional 30 to 45 minutes.
Will it be safe for me to drive myself home from my eye exam?
We often dilate our patients during their eye exam. If you don’t feel confident that you will be able to drive after dilation, please bring a driver with you. You will probably be sensitive to bright light for a few hours following your exam. We recommend that you bring sunglasses with you to wear after your exam. We can provide you with dark lenses if you ask for them, and most patients are visually comfortable after their exam.
What are cataracts and how are they treated?
A cataract is the clouding of the lens of the eye. When a cataract worsens to the point of interfering with daily activities, it’s time to have the lens removed. Surgery is the only effective way to remove the clouded lens, and most are now done on an outpatient basis. Over 1.5 million cataract operations are performed in North America every year.
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a condition in which the fluid that normally flows through the anterior (front) of the eye fails to drain as needed, causing added pressure on the optic nerve. The optic nerve is sensitive to trauma from pressure. Left untreated, vision deteriorates and eventually ceases.
Is glaucoma more prevalent in certain types of people?
Yes. Although anyone can be affected by glaucoma, the risk is higher for people who are nearsighted, over age 65, have a family history of glaucoma, take steroid medicines, have had past trauma to the eye, are African-American and over age 40 or have diabetes or high blood pressure.
What is refractive surgery?
Refractive surgery encompasses several surgical procedures developed to reduce or eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. The difference in these surgeries is the method in which the surgeon accesses the deeper corneal layers. These procedures include LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), LASEK (Laser Assisted Epithelial Keratomileusis) and PRK (Photorefractive Keratectomy).