At The Center for Eye Care and Optical we strive to get you into the office and through your eye examination in the most efficient manner possible. In order to make the most of your time spent with us, we suggest that you prepare for your visit by attending to a few simple tasks:
What to Bring:
- ALL of your current eyewear. Your current prescriptions will help us advise you regarding the need for new glasses.
- A list of all your current medications including, eye medications and drops you may be taking.
- Any insurance ID cards you may have.
- Any "authorizations" or "referrals" you have received from your primary care physician.
- You can print and fill out these online forms.
- Leave yourself adequate time for transportation and for the examination. A new patient exam will take about an hour. Routine exams and follow-ups take about 30 minutes.
- If you received a new patient packet or downloaded our registration forms, completing these will save you time in the office.
- Consider having someone drive you. It is likely that your eyes will be dilated which can result in some degree of blurring and light sensitivity for an hour or so afterward. Feel free to check with us beforehand. We can use shorter acting drops as necessary. Your sunglasses will help with any post-exam light sensitivity.
- A driver will be required if you are coming in for a laser procedure, retina injection or other retina procedure and may also be necessary if you are having a minor eye lid procedure. Please feel free to check with us in advance.
- Be prepared for any payments due at the time of your visit. Even when you have insurance, you are often responsible for "co-pays" and/or "deductibles." In addition, you may also need a refraction (measurement of your eyes' focusing status) and will likely be responsible for payment of a refraction fee.
- Depending on your insurance company, you may be held responsible for additional fees for diagnostic testing.
- Finally, it's always a good idea to have a relative accompany you especially if you are anticipating the scheduling of a surgical procedure.