Here are some helpful and time saving tips before your appointment:
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- Bring your medical insurance card (it is different than vision insurance) Some procedures are payable by major medical plans based on medical necessity. Our receptionist will request a copy of your medical card upon arrival.
- If you are a new patient and wear contact lenses, bring in the contact lens packaging or boxes with contact lens brand, power and base curve (BC). If you ran out and do not know your power, call your previous office and ask them to fax/email it to us: 408-946-2020 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wear your contact lenses in if you want to update/order contact lenses.
- Bring old or current glasses in with you.
- Please bring a translator if necessary.
- Bring in your sunglasses. We can check to see if they have enough UV protection.
- If you want computer glasses, measure the distance between the computer screen and your eyes.
Eye dilation or Optomap photo: To provide the best eye care you can choose between two options to examine the back health of the eye. We do this every couple of years to make sure you are as healthy as possible. We think of it as getting blood work done at the normal doctor and do it to screen for any abnormalities like diabetes, high blood pressure or retinal conditions. If we do detect anything we will monitor it more frequently than every couple of years.
- Eye dilation requires eye drops to be put in the eyes that take 20-30 minutes to come in full effect. The eye dilation is covered by vision insurance but comes with side effects. The side effects are blurred near vision and sensitivity to light (we provide sun shades if necessary), which usually last 4 hours. So the upside of dilation is no extra cost, but the downsides are the side effects mentioned above and a prolonged exam.
- The Optomap takes a photograph of the retina in a matter of minutes. We can compare current photos with previous images taken in the past with photodocumentation to show you how your eyes have changed or remained stable. There are no side effects with the optomap and it is a quicker procedure. The only downside is the additional cost of $39 on average for both eyes.