Eye ExaminationsThe first part of your eye examination is the medical “case” history. This is where the doctor asks you questions about your general health as well as the health of your eyes. The doctor will then perform some preliminary tests that will help determine any obvious vision problems. The next step will be a refraction, to determine what correction might be needed for improved vision. This will be followed by an examination to determine the health of the front part of your eye. The doctor will then dilate your eyes (which take 20-30 minutes) and then perform an examination to determine the health of the back part of your eye. The specific tests and findings will be explained either during the exam or after the exam is completed. Please ask questions anytime!
Things you should bring with you:
- It is very helpful if you have a list of your current doctors (name, telephone number), health problems, and all the medications (prescribed and over-the counter) that you are taking for your eyes and for your body. The medication list should include the name, strength, and how it is taken. For example: Aspirin, 81mg, once each morning. It is often helpful for the doctor if you bring the actual medicine bottles.
- Bring your eyeglasses and your contact lenses, and any previous eye prescriptions from the past two years.
- Bring a list of questions/problems you may have so that we can answer any concerns during your appointment.
- Bring your insurance cards and a picture ID, so that we can make a copy for our records.
If you need a referral from your primary doctor, you must obtain it before you can be examined or your insurance will not pay for the exam.