welcome new patients

What to expect on my first eye appointment?

 As with all new offices, there is paperwork! Please try to arrive 15 minutes early to fill out your new patient forms and allow us to check your insurance benefits. You can also print out our new patient forms and fill them out beforehand. 

What should I bring with me?

 

  • Valid Drivers License or ID
  • Copy of Vision Insurance
  • Copy of Medical Insurance Card
  • Social Security of the Primary on your insurance
  • Previous Glasses (if available)
  • Previous Boxes of Contact lens (if available)
  • Previous Eye Exam Records (if available)
  • List of your current eye drops
  • List of your medications

How long does my appointment take?

 This can vary depending on your appointment type. An annual eye exam can take as long as 90 minutes from when you enter the building. 

  • You may want to give yourself extra time to explore all the different glasses frames that we have available for purchase!
  • If you are new to contact lenses, please let us know when scheduling your appointment. It takes time to teach you the proper care and how to insert and remove the lenses.
  • If your visit is for specialized testing, for things like glaucoma or macular degeneration, your exam consists of both testing and an office visit with our doctors. This can take extra time.
  • We like to take our time with you, making sure all your eye care needs and concerns are appropriately addressed.   We usually only see you once a year and we would not want to rush through your care with us. If additional medical visits are needed, we will 

New Patient Forms

Please download and print the follow 3 forms and bring them with you to your first appointment!

Welcome & Insurance (pdf)

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Health History (pdf)

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Financial Policy (pdf)

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Other forms

HIPAA Policy 2017 (pdf)

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ABN - Special Testing (pdf)

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ABN - Dry Eye Consent (pdf)

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Contact Lens Information (pdf)

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Medicaid Glasses Providers (pdf)

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Release of Information (pdf)

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WHAT TO EXPECT @ annual routine exam?

Detailed Health History

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The doctor will ask about any eye or vision problems you are currently having and about your overall health. In addition, a patient history will include when your eye or vision symptoms began, medications you are taking, and any work-related or environmental conditions that may be affecting your vision. The doctor will also ask about any previous eye or health conditions you and your family members have experienced.

Visual Acuity Check

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Visual acuity measurements evaluate how clearly each eye is seeing. Reading charts are often used to measure visual acuity. As part of the testing, you will read letters on charts at a distance and near.  

The results of visual acuity testing are written as a fraction, such as 20/40. The top number in the fraction is the standard distance at which testing is done (20 feet). The bottom number is the smallest letter size you were able to read. A person with 20/40 visual acuity would have to get within 20 feet to see a letter that should be seen clearly at 40 feet. Normal distance visual acuity is 20/20.

Prelimary Testings

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An optometrist may first want to look at specific aspects of your visual function and eye health. Preliminary tests can include evaluations of depth perception, color vision, eye muscle movements, peripheral or side vision, and the way your pupils respond to light.

Refraction Test

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Refraction determines the lens power you need to compensate for any refractive error (nearsightedness, farsightedness or astigmatism). Using an instrument called a phoropter, your optometrist places a series of lenses in front of your eyes. He or she then measures how these lenses focus light using a handheld lighted instrument called a retinoscope. Your doctor may choose to use an instrument that automatically evaluates the focusing power of the eye. The lens power is then refined based your input on the lenses that give you the clearest vision.  

This testing can be done without eye drops to determine how the eyes respond under normal seeing conditions. However, an optometrist will use eye drops with patients who can't respond verbally or when some of the eyes' focusing power may be hidden. The drops temporarily keep the eyes from changing focus during testing.

Binocular Vision

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To see a clear, single image, the eyes must effectively change focus, move and work in unison. An assessment of accommodation, ocular motility and binocular vision determines how well your eyes focus, move and work together. This testing will look for problems that keep your eyes from focusing effectively or make using both eyes together difficult.


Detailed Eye Exam front & back of the eyes

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A wide variety of microscopes, lense, and digital technology will be used to assess the health of all the structures of the eye and the surrounding tissues. Dilating eye drops are often used to temporarily widen the pupil for better views of the structures inside the eye. In addition to measuring the pressure inside of the eye, this also the part of the eye exam where your doctor of optometry can detect otherwise unknown eye and systemic diseases.