Preparing for Your First Office Visit and What to Expect
On your first office visit we will need you to bring the following:
- List of current medications
- Your most current insurance cards
Your Eye Health Doctor will want to get an overall picture of your health and the health of your eyes. Accordingly, during your examination, drops may be placed in your eyes to dilate your pupils to check for eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. The purpose of dilation is to get a clear view of the optic nerve and retina in the back of your eye for early detection and treatment of eye diseases that can rob you of your sight. If your pupils are dilated, your vision may be blurred for a short time. You will be sensitive to bright light for a few hours, however we will gladly give you a pair of dark sunglasses to take with you for your comfort and convenience. If you are uncomfortable driving during that dilated period, we do advise you to bring someone along who can drive you home.
If you have been referred to Eye Health Center of Florida by a friend or your doctor, please let us know so we can thank them!
It is recommended that you see an eye doctor every year for a routine eye exam and refraction for optimal vision results. At the end of your complete eye exam with our friendly and compassionate staff of doctors and technicians, you will be given a current prescription for eyeglasses. We have a full service optical shop with trained, professional opticians ready to help you select the perfect pair of frames and lenses that are competitively priced to fit any budget.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will I be dilated?
Dilation usually lasts a few hours, but each patient is different. The lighter your eyes, the longer you will remain dilated.
How long does a complete eye exam take?
Your complete eye exam will take approximately one hour.
Do I need a driver?
Most people are able to drive after their eye examination, however, you should bring a driver if you think you may be uncomfortable driving home.
How soon can I have surgery if I have cataracts?
Most surgeries can be scheduled within 7 – 10 days, however we always strive to accommodate the special needs of our guests.
Will Medicare pay for my eye exam?
Medicare will pay 80% of the approved amount, and if you have a secondary insurance, they will usually pay the balance.
Do I need a referral from my PCP?
If you are enrolled with an HMO, you will most likely need a referral.
How soon can I get an appointment for an eye exam?
We can normally schedule new patients within one week.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Your current eyeglasses, list of current medications, and any eye-drops you are using.
If I do need surgery, where would the surgery be performed?
All of our Florida eye surgeries are performed at our state-of-the-art surgery center, St. Johns Surgery Center, in Fort Myers.
How long does it take to get glasses made?
Our team of Florida opticians are dedicated to getting your specialty frames and lenses to you within 3 to 5 days.