We are looking forward to seeing you for your retinal evaluation. Because of the nature of your examination and the possible need for additional testing, your initial visit may require over two hours. Some patients may even spend a longer time with us based upon the severity of their problem or if your physician believes that immediate treatment is necessary. Additionally, many retinal problems are urgent or emergent and occur unpredictably. We strive to maintain adequate flexibility in our schedules to properly and efficiently care for each patient, however should delays occur on the day of your visit due to an unusual number of unforeseen emergencies, we greatly appreciate your understanding.
In many cases, your medical problems may have a direct effect upon a retinal disease. It is very helpful if you take a moment prior to your visit to recall your illnesses and previous surgeries and can provide a list of current medications.
We strongly encourage you to bring a family member or friend to your visit. This person can accompany you at the time of your examination and during discussion with the physician. You will receive detailed information regarding your condition at the time of your visit and having someone along often allows you to better understand and retain this material afterwards. Additionally, your eyes will be dilated and many patients are uncomfortable driving for several hours following a visit to our office. It is optimal therefore, to have a driver with you. Many patients also prefer to use sunglasses after their visit.
If you are a contact lens wearer, please either wear your glasses on the day of your appointment, or be sure to bring your lens case and solutions as you will need to remove your contact lenses prior to being examined by the physician. Also recall that we limit our practice to diseases and surgery of the retina and do not prescribe glasses or contact lenses or provide management of cataract or glaucoma routinely.