Below are the links to each of our patient forms. Download the documents, fill them out, and bring them to your next appointment.
- Assessment of Visual Function
- Authorization to Release Medical Records
- Financial Policy
- Patient History
- Patient Registration
How long is an appointment?
The length of time for an eye exam depends on many factors. First and foremost, it depends on the complexity of your eyes. New patient exams tend to take longer than those of established patients as you are entered into the medical record and having initial evaluations done, so if you are new to us, be prepared to take some extra time for these things. It takes extra time to perform refractions and dilation. If you need these services, be prepared for an appointment that make take up to an hour and a half. We are a medical practice and our physicians must see unscheduled emergencies at times, as well. We will do our best to complete your exam in a reasonable amount of time, but will not compromise the quality of your care simply to do so quickly. It is generally a good idea not to schedule another appointment soon after your eye appointment in case there is an unexpected delay.
Do you take my insurance?
We accept most insurance plans, but not all. You should contact your carrier to check your benefits. We can bill your insurance for you, but this does not necessarily mean that they will cover any or all of your services. Please remember that many carriers have a deductible limit for which the patient is responsible. Ultimately, the patient is responsible for the payment of services rendered.
What is a refraction?
A refraction is a clinical test that is frequently done as part of an eye exam. It is necessary if you want the doctor to tell you if you need glasses or contact lenses, or if you need a change in your prescription. This process measures the power of a lens necessary to provide you the sharpest, clearest possible vision. Insurance plans do not always provide a benefit for this service.
Will I have to be dilated?
Maybe. If you have diabetes, macular degeneration, floaters, or other diseases of the retina, you should be prepared for a dilated exam. If the physician finds something on your eye exam, they may recommend dilation at the time of your visit. While it is somewhat inconvenient, there is no substitute for a good dilated exam.
Why do you need a list of my medications?
Documenting patient medications is an essential part of any medical exam, and this is no different with eye exams. Also, there are some medications which can have an effect on the eyes and vision. It is important for the doctor to know your current medications.
Why do I need to bring my glasses or contacts?
This is so we can check and measure your current prescription or contact lens fit to be able to compare to our measurements and make an informed decision on whether or not you would benefit from an update.
Do I need a screening photo of my retina?
Digital photos provide a permanent image of your retina for future comparison. It is often very useful to have this available to look back at as a comparison.