Retinal examinations take longer than a visit to your primary care physician or a visit to your general ophthalmologist. You can expect to be in our office for two hours or longer, depending if testing and/or treatment is needed or required. When you first arrive, we will ask you to fill out Registration paperwork asking about your past medical history, current symptoms, and your list of medications that you are currently taking.
We will also ask about the other physicians involved with your medical care, as we will likely coordinate your care with the other medical doctors. We will send your doctor a letter discussing your care at the end of your visit. If you would like, you could print out the patient forms listed below and bring them to your first visit to save time. Your initial assessment will be performed by one of our experienced and well qualified ophthalmic technicians who will further obtain a thorough medical history as well as check your best corrected vision and eye pressure.
They will then administer dilating eye drops to increase the size of your pupil. This is necessary for a complete and thorough retinal eye exam. The dilating drops take approximately 30 minutes for the dilating process. The eyes will remain dilated for approximately six hours, but can be longer in certain individuals. Dilating your pupils will cause your vision to be mildly blurred, it is recommended you have someone come with you to drive you home. One of our specialists will then examine your eyes after the eyes are fully dilated. The eye exam will require using very bright lights that may be uncomfortable, but will not harm the eye.
After the comprehensive eye exam your doctor will discuss the findings with you and whether any additional tests and/or treatments are necessary. Additional tests typically include eye photography or other testing such as fluorescein angiography or OCT (optical coherence tomography). Treatments that can be performed in the office include retinal lasers or intravitreal injections. If additional testing or treatment is necessary, you could expect to be at the office for more than two hours.