What can you expect during your visit?
- As a new patient, you will need to fill out our new patient packet. We ask that you arrive 15-20 mins prior to your exam in order to have adequate time to fill out all the forms efficiently. These new patient forms must be filled out prior to seeing the doctor. If you would like to fill them out beforehand and bring them with you, please visit our website at bellinghameye.com. The forms are located under the “Patient Information” tab.
- What you need to bring:
- a valid driver’s license or identification
- current insurance card
- A current list of medications/allergies
- Copays are due at the time of visit. You will be expected to pay your insurance copay (if applicable) prior to seeing the doctor. Sometimes we may miss taking that payment at check-in and will collect it after your visit on the way out upon making your next appointment.
- We will document any current eye concerns and past problems. We will also review your health history including current medications and allergies.
- Your visual acuity will be measured and we will assess your visual field, pupil reaction and muscle function.
- The prescription of your current glasses will be measured and a test called “refraction” is performed to help the doctor assess the overall health of your eyes and address if any changes are necessary. This is the test where you are asked “which one is better, one or two?” with your answers used to build your glasses prescription.
- We will closely examine the surface of your eyes including the eyelids, tear film and cornea.
- Intraocular pressure is taken as a screening for glaucoma and any elevated readings are re-assessed and further evaluated by the doctor.
- To best evaluate the inside of your eye and lens, the doctor will examine and assess your eye health after your eyes have been dilated. Your vision may be slightly blurry and light sensitive after the dilation. Some patients feel more comfortable bringing a driver to their appointment, although it is not required.
- Diagnostic Testing
- Any problems that present during the visit will be addressed and explained, as well as any additional testing that may be required.