Please be prepared to spend at least two hours with us for your first visit.

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During your visit, your visual acuity will be tested at distance and near in both eyes, pupils tested for reaction to light, eye movement assessed, peripheral vision checked; and eye pressure measured for glaucoma. The ophthalmic technicians will talk with you to begin the process of obtaining a more detailed medical and ocular history. Drops will then be placed in your eyes to dilate your pupils (it is suggested that you have someone drive you to this appointment).

After your pupils are dilated, the doctor will meet with you and examine your eyes. To evaluate the retina, vitreous, and macula, the doctor will use highly sophisticated and specially-designed medical instruments. Depending on your medical condition, other special tests may be performed.

You might wish to bring along sunglasses but we do provide disposable plastic sunglasses to go over your regular glasses to help reduce sensitivity to light after you are dilated.  The dilation lasts 4-6 hours and may temporarily impair your close-up reading vision until the drop wears off.

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