What to Expect at Your Appointment
On this page you'll find, you may experience, and an you may meet.
Plan Your Appointment
Whether you're going to your first eye appointment or your twentieth,
help get the most out of your appointment with these helpful
tools and tips.
Call the office at least a few days
before your appointment to ask if
you should prepare anything
ahead of time, such as a list of all
If they can make it, bring a spouse, friend or loved one with you. Just like two heads are better than one, four eyes (and ears) are better than two.
Your eye doctor may perform an exam that affects your ability to drive, so always plan for safe transportation to and from your appointment.
Your eye doctor may provide protective glasses after certain exams, but it’s always good to have a back-up pair of sunglasses just in case.
Bring a List of Questions
Download a copy of our appointment guide to
have the right questions handy at your next doctor’s visit.
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Understand the Eye Tests You May Experience
Your eye doctor will likely review your medical and family history and perform a complete eye exam. Your visit may include a few different types of exams.
A standard eye chart that measures how well you see letters at different distances.
An exam that involves the application of drops into your eye to dilate the pupil. This allows for your eye doctor to check the back of the eye for problems or changes.
A test that lets your eye doctor look closely at your retina by taking high-resolution, color pictures of the back of the eye.
A routine test that measures the pressure inside your eye.
This scan shows the layers of the retina and measures retinal thickness. It can help show whether fluid is inside or under the retina, a sign of certain retinal diseases.
A test where dye is injected into a vein in your arm. The dye makes its way to the blood vessels in your eye, allowing your eye doctor to check for leaks or changes in the retina.
Know Who's Who
in Your Eye Care Team
It’s important to understand the roles of different eye doctors and specialists to determine what’s right for your eye health needs.
Optometrist provide eye exams, vision tests, corrective lenses, and can diagnose eye diseases. Optometrists can prescribe medications to treat many eye diseases and may work with you to develop lifestyle and nutrition plans that support eye health.
An ophthalmologist can perform eye exams and vision tests, diagnose and treat eye diseases, and perform surgery.
A retina specialist is an ophthalmologist who has years of specialized training in treating diseases of the retina as well as a wide range of eye conditions. If you have Wet AMD, DR or DME, ask your ophthalmologist or optometrist if you may need to see a retina specialist to help manage your condition.
Nurses & Office Staff
The nurses or staff at your eye doctor’s office can be a great resource for you. Always follow up with a nurse or staff member whenever you need more information or clarification on your treatment.