An initial examination process often lasts three to four hours, depending on required testing or treatments. During this time both eyes will be fully dilated; therefore we ask that you bring a driver. A current medical history will be established, and visual and ocular exams will be performed.
Diagnostic tests may also be performed. When office treatment is indicated, we try to offer it on the same day as your examination. If hospital surgery is necessary, it may be scheduled for another day.
If you wish you can download and print our patient appointment forms including our Registration Information form, Medical History Questionnaire, and Responsible Party form to fill out prior to your appointment (you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader if you do not already have it).
What to bring to your exam
Please bring a list of prescription medications you are currently taking, including the dosage. Also, please make a list of the doctors to whom you would like to have sent information regarding your examination and findings. We thank you in advance for giving us the most complete information possible. We will need to see your health insurance card and ID.
Family members and friends are welcome and encouraged to accompany you to your appointment and exam. Also, please feel free to bring snacks and reading materials to our office to help pass the time.
What to expect after your exam
Will I be able to see clearly enough to drive home after my exam? NO, both eyes will be fully dilated. We ask that a driver accompany you to our office to ensure that you have a safe ride home. You may find reading and focusing difficult for one or two days after dilation.
What accommodations are available if I need to spend the night in Ashland? Many accommodations are available and some offer discounts for patients of the Retina and Vitreous Center. Click here for a listing or contact our office for more information.
Will the Retina and Vitreous Center bill my insurance company? YES, our billing and insurance department will bill your primary and secondary insurance companies, so please be sure to bring your insurance card(s) with you. If you are a member of an HMO you will need a referral for your appointment from your primary care doctor.
Will I need to visit the Retina and Vitreous Center again? Often, yes, due to the nature of many retinal diseases. After any surgery or procedure you will be scheduled for follow-up appointments at our office. It is also important to monitor conditions which do not require surgery. Our office staff will assist you in scheduling your next appointment.
Can I receive copies of my medical records or have them sent to my other healthcare providers? Yes, you may request copies of your medical and billing records for yourself or other healthcare providers you are working with at any time. Simply fill out our Medical Records Release Form and either mail or fax it to our office (see left sidebar for our contact information).
Important retinal symptoms and precautions
- It is important to watch for decreased vision, flashing lights, floaters, pain, and any unusual visual symptoms
- Cover each eye separately to check your vision
- Don't hesitate to call if you have any questions
Please know that we strive to provide quality care for all patients in a timely manner.