Your Office Exam -- What to Expect
When you arrive, you will be greeted by our receptionists who will obtain and/or confirm your identity and your insurance coverage requirements. Whether this is your first visit or a subsequent visit, you should bring:
- a complete list of your medications (including dosages and supplements)
- your completed Registration Form (click to download)
- a photo ID such as your driver's license
- your glasses (distance and near)
- a pair of sunglasses (your eyes will be dilated and very sensitive to bright light)
- your copayment (if applicable)
- money for parking
- someone to drive you home
After checking in, you will be taken in by one of our technicians, who will obtain a medical and ophthalmic history, will check your vision and eye pressures, and insert pupil dilating drops. Once your eyes are dilated, you will see Dr. Defrin, McCabe, or Baker, who will perform a thorough examination using an ophthalmoscope.
In some cases, specialized tests may be ordered, including:
- Fundus Photography — Color photographs of the back of the eye.
- Fluorescein Angiography — A diagnostic procedure that photographs the blood circulation of the retina. Fluorescein dye is usually injected into a vein in the arm or hand.
- Ultrasonography — The use of high-frequency sound waves to examine the eye when a normal view is obscured by hemorrhage or cataracts.
- Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) — A diagnostic procedure that uses a beam of light and its reflection to obtain cross-sectional images that provide information about the layers of the retina.
- Visual Field Analysis — Measurement of the full extent of the area visible to an eye that is fixating straight ahead.
- Indocyanine Green Angiography (ICG) — A diagnostic procedure that photographs the blood circulation of the choroid. (Choroid is a layer of blood vessels behind the retina). The indocyanine green dye is usually injected into a vein in the arm or hand.
Sometimes, treatment may be completed that same day, or may be scheduled for a future date. Due to the nature of retinal disease, and the need for emergency treatment, we routinely need to see unscheduled patients. While we make every effort to provide expedient care to all of our patients, we must treat those with the most urgent needs first.