Q: Do I need to bring anything to my appointment?
A: You should bring any prescription eyewear you may own such as eyeglasses and/or sunglasses. If you are new to our office and wear contacts, you should bring in a box for each eye so your optometrist can easily make recommendations.
Q: What happens during an eye exam?
A: During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor will not only determine if you require a prescription for eyeglasses or contacts, but he will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as indicators of your overall health.
Q: What information do you need from me before my appointment?
A: To save time, you may print out your forms online at our website. Please bring the completed forms with you to your appointment. We will need your vision insurance as well as your medical insurance.
Q: What is dilation and how long does it take to wear off?
A: Your optometrist may need to dilate your pupils to get a better view of your retina. This involves a dilation drop that will increase the size of your pupils. They will return to normal size and function in 3-4 hours. Dilation will affect your near vision making it blurry to read but still easy to see far away and drive home.
Q: Which should I wear to my appointment – glasses or contacts?
A: Please wear your contacts to the appointment and bring your glasses along as well.
Q: How long does an eye appointment typically take?
A: You should allow 1 hour for your annual eye health examination.
Q: What is the difference between an ophthalmologist and an optometrist?
A: An ophthalmologist is a doctor – an M.D. – with expertise in medical and surgical eye problems who performs operations on the eyes.
An optometrist is a health care specialist who assists patients with the health of the eyes and related vision. Optometrists are trained to prescribe and fit lenses to improve vision. They also diagnose and treat various eye diseases.