Frequently Asked Questions
How long will my appointment take?
For a complete dilated eye examination, you should plan on your visit taking 90 to 120 minutes. If you are a new patient to the practice, your appointment may take a little longer. We will have paperwork for you to fill out, and we request that you bring your insurance and identification cards with you for verification. Also, bring your current medications (including eye drops) or a list of them with you.
Will I be dilated?
Be prepared to be dilated at each visit. Under normal circumstances, you will be dilated every six months to one year. For children, it takes a full 30 minutes to dilate the eyes, so please plan on an extended visit if your child is dilated.
Why do you dilate my eyes?
Dilating the pupil of the eye allows visualization of the lens, optic nerve and retina. It helps determine whether cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration or other eye diseases are present.
Will I need a driver if I am dilated?
Most patients drive themselves even when dilated. Dilation usually affects near vision while distance vision is still functional.
What is a refraction?
Refraction is the determination of an eye’s refractive error and the best corrective lenses to be prescribed. The part of your examination where you are asked, “Which looks better, one or two?” is when we are determining what power your corrective lenses (contacts and/or glasses) should be. A refraction may be necessary (even if you don’t want glasses or contact lenses) to determine how well you can potentially see, and it may be necessary to determine the underlying cause of your vision loss.
What is included in a contact lens examination?
Included is a complete dilated eye examination, a trial pair of contact lenses and two follow-up visits with the doctor. After the follow-up visit(s), you will receive a prescription for your contact lenses. If you are a current contact lens wearer, we ask that you wear your contact lenses to your appointment.
- We will obtain measurements of your corneas to determine the diameter and curvature needed.
- We will also educate you in the proper care of the contacts.
- You must demonstrate proficiency in the insertion and removal of them in order to proceed to the next step.
- Once you have demonstrated the ability to care for, insert and remove your contacts proficiently, you will be given one pair to try for two weeks.
- When you return for the two-week follow-up appointment, we will evaluate the fit and power of the contacts as well as the health of your eyes. Typically, you will be given a final contact lens prescription at this visit. However, on occasion, more appointments may be necessary to obtain a final fit; if that is the case, additional fees will be charged.
- If you do not keep your scheduled follow-up appointment(s), additional exam fees will be charged prior to receiving your final contact lens prescription.