When you first arrive, we will have you fill out a few forms with your information, medical history, etc. We suggest you arrive about 15 minutes earlier than your appointment time to complete this. You’ll save time if you are able to download these forms from our website and complete them in advance.
Technician performs a detailed medical history
Next, one of our skilled ophthalmic technicians will bring you back to an exam room and obtain a detailed description of your complaints, review your medical and surgical history, as well as any medications. It is useful to know your past ocular history as well as any family history of eye disease. If you have previously been seeing a different provider for a chronic eye problem, it is helpful to have their office fax your records to ours at (770) 442-9526.
The technician will then start with a refraction, a check of the prescription of your eyes. You may be familiar with this as “which one is better, 1 or 2?”, as it allows your doctor to know the best potential vision for each eye.
Exam for balance, movement, and intraocular pressure
After this, the technician will also check your peripheral vision, the balance and movements of your eye muscles, and your pupils. Subsequently, a numbing drop will be placed in each eye to allow for a measurement of the intraocular pressure. The intraocular pressure helps us screen for glaucoma and other eye disease.
Dilating drops will then be placed in each eye. This allows for dilation of the pupil, allowing us to fully visualize the lens of your eye (which with time become cataracts), the optic nerve, and retina. This is a necessary portion of the yearly exam to look for diseases (in addition to cataracts) like glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic disease of the eye, and many, many more. Dilation of the eyes takes anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the coloration of the eye.
Physician reviews your chart and performs exam
Your physician will then come in to review your chart, your complaints, and perform the eye exam. After this we will review the findings with you and order any pertinent testing to be done in the office that day. We encourage any questions you may have!
If required, you receive a prescription for glasses, contacts, or medication
Once you have wrapped up your appointment, you will be given your prescription for glasses and/or contacts upon checkout. Our checkout staff can help get you scheduled for a procedure, any referrals, or next appointment, if needed.
After your exam
Your eyes may be dilated for a few to several hours after the appointment. This is normal and will wear off on its own. While the eyes are dilated, you may be more sensitive to light and have some blurring of vision. We encourage you to bring a pair of dark sunglasses to wear on your way home. If you forget, we can provide some for you.
Make An Appointment
Our office staff is trained to schedule appointments efficiently and effectively in order to enhance your experience at our office. Emergency appointments are available if necessary.
To schedule an appointment, please call: (770) 475-0123