- Please be prepared to spend 2-3 hours at your initial appointment. This visit includes a detailed history, comprehensive eye and retinal examination, additional testing as needed (fluorescein angiogram, OCT, ultrasound, etc), discussion of your diagnosis and treatment plan with your doctor, and initial treatment if needed.
- Your eyes will be dilated (eye drops to enlarge your pupil) for your retina to be examined. While the dilation wears off after several hours, your vision may be blurred and your eyes may be light sensitive after your visit. It’s best to have someone to drive you after your appointment.
- It is often helpful to have a family member or friend accompany you to your initial appointment. Your doctor may give you a large amount of information and having “another set of ears” helps you recall what was discussed during your visit.
- Please bring to your appointment:
- Your current eyeglasses, those used for driving or watching TV.
- A list of your medications that includes dosage and instructions, list should also include eye drops and vitamins.
- A copy of your insurance card and a photo ID, such as a driver’s license.
- Specialist copayment as noted on your insurance card.
- A snack, especially if you are diabetic.
- The name of your eye doctor and your primary care medical doctor.
- A translator, if English is not your native language.
- Initial appointment includes paperwork and forms to be filled out before the visit. These are downloadable, click here for patient forms, so you can fill them out before your visit. You do not need to arrive at your appointment early to fill out paperwork.
- Your appointment time begins when you check in; therefore, your scheduled appointment time is your arrival time not the time the doctor is going to begin the examination. There is testing, dilation and other procedures that will be completed prior to your examination.
We will do our best to keep our schedules running on time, which for a retina office is typically a two hour appointment. Due to the nature of retinal diseases, many of which are emergencies, we frequently have to add patients to our schedule. You may also find helpful information on our website. Click here for our patient resources page.
Thank you for entrusting your retinal care to WRA.