What to Expect
A team consisting of clinical interns overseen by a licensed doctor of optometry will be performing your eye examination. The doctor will finalize any prescriptions which are necessary during your examination. There are two vital components to every exam:
- Evaluation of vision
- Evaluation of external and internal eye health
The vision portion of your exam will include an assessment of visual acuity (how well you are able to see), detailed testing of eye movements to detect any issues involving the alignment of your eyes, and the prescription of glasses (if necessary). A meticulous examination of the external anatomy of the eyes (including screening for eyelid and eye surface anomalies) will be followed by inspection of the internal components of the eyes. During this portion of the examination you and your doctor will determine if you should be dilated. Most exams are conducted with the patient being dilated as this allows the clinical intern and doctor a better view inside your eyes. A dilated examination is necessary for patients with diabetes, high blood pressure, and those at risk for certain eye conditions. Due to the thoroughness of the exam and the nature of an educational environment, patients can expect their appointment to last at least 2 hours.
We request that you arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment time or date please call in advance so our staff may reschedule your examination.
Upon arrival please have the following items:
- Medical and vision insurance cards.
- List of all medications you are currently taking including over the counter eye drops or medication.
- Current glasses, contact lenses, or low vision devices.
- List of any current medical conditions or health problems.
- Contact information for your current physician.
- If this appointment is a referral please bring a copy of your referral letter.