FAQs

How long will my appointment take?

We recommend that you plan at least one hour for your eye exam. If your eyes are dilated, you should plan for at least a 90-minute appointment. More comprehensive eye exams that may include treatments can last up to four hours.

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Will my eyes be dilated?

If your eye exam includes an examination of the back of the eye (the retina), you will receive eye drops to dilate your pupils. Dilating drops may blur your vision or make your eyes sensitive to light for a few hours afterward. This symptom may last up to 24 hours.

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Can I drive after my eyes are dilated?

Many patients do drive themselves after having their eyes dilated, but it is important to remember that you will be sensitive to light and your vision may be blurry. You should wear sunglasses after your exam. Your safety is important, so if you do not feel comfortable driving, you should arrange for someone to drive you home.

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What should I expect during my eye exam?

The parts of a comprehensive medical eye examination vary depending on the patient’s age, date of last exam and other factors. Not every part of the eye exam may be needed or performed during your visit. Various ophthalmic medical personnel assisting the doctors may perform some of your tests. Parts of the eye exam will include documenting your medical history, visual acuity testing, external examination, visual field examination, slit lamp examination (looking closely at the outer and inner part of the eye with a special microscope), tonometry (measurement of your intraocular pressure) and examining the retina through the pupil.

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Why is total eye care so important?

Vision is one of our most important senses. Caring for your eyes is the best way to ensure you do not lose your vision. Developing a disease as a result of diabetes requires close monitoring of your eyes as per your doctor’s recommendations.

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How often should I have my eyes examined?

The frequency of your eye exams will depend on your age, family history and the condition of your eyes. Your doctor will give specific recommendations  for each patient depending on the case.

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How much does it cost for my eye exam?

The cost for your eye exam will vary depending on the services you receive. Any special testing performed generally requires a separate fee, in addition to your office-visit charge.

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Will this visit be covered by my insurance?

Most health insurers will cover your medical eye exam. It is the patient’s responsibility to bring relevant documents that prove their subscription with an insurer.

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