Your First Visit
Here’s what to expect and what to bring on your first visit:
- Your current contact lenses (brand, prescription). This is very important. This will save both of us a considerable amount of time, particularly if you’re happy with your current lenses. You will be asked to remove your lenses prior to the exam, so if you have glasses, if at all possible, please wear them to your appointment.
- Your current and previous glasses.
- List of all medications and supplements that you take, and medications you are allergic to
- Know your family history – some eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration are hereditary.
- Your insurance information. Bring your insurance cards, identification, and method of payment, if necessary.
- Specific questions you may have about your eye health.
The doctor will closely examine the different parts of your eye. You may need drops to dilate your eyes — to make the pupils open wide. This allows the doctor to get a clear view of the inside of your eye. Dilation makes your eyes sensitive to light and difficult to read for a few hours. You’ll need to wear sunglasses until the drops wear off. (We can provide temporary sunglasses).
You may consider bringing someone with you who can drive you home. Instead of dilation, you may also opt to have our staff perform our “iWelness Exam”. For a nominal fee, retinal photographs can be taken that don’t require the dilation drops. The iWellness Exam also includes testing to assess the health of the retina in the deeper layers to help uncover eye health issues long before they manifest themselves as vision problems.
Depending on your health and age, you may need other further tests or exams. Eye exams can sometimes detect early signs of glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis. If the doctor finds anything unusual, you may need a follow-up with your regular doctor or a specialist.