If you are a new patient, please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to help ensure your records have the important information we need.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by our medical receptionist who will kindly ask you to complete the patient forms packet. You can save time in the office by printing and completing these forms before your appointment.
What to Bring
Please bring the following items with you to your appointment:
- completed patient forms
- medical records from your referring doctor
- a list of your medications and their dosages
- identification with your photograph
- your insurance card
- your glasses and/or contact lenses
- a pair of dark sunglasses to protect your dilated eyes after your appointment
- a translator if you do not speak English
About your Appointment
Your initial appointment will last between 1 and 4 hours as we may conduct many tests during your visit. This will help us determine the health of your eye and provide treatment options.
Your medical evaluation will begin with an ophthalmic technician who will talk with you in order to get a more detailed medical and ocular history. You will be questioned regarding your visual symptoms and the treatments you have received.
The technician will then place drops in your eyes to dilate (widen) your pupils. Dilation is necessary for a complete examination of the retina. Your pupils will require up to 30 minutes to dilate.
Since your pupils may remain dilated for a full day after your visit, we recommend that you bring sunglasses to reduce your sensitivity to light. Your ability to read will be temporarily decreased. We also recommend you have someone else drive you home.
After your pupils are dilated, one of our doctors will meet with you to examine your eyes. To evaluate the retina and vitreous, the doctor will use highly sophisticated instruments. Depending on your medical condition, other specific tests may be performed.
If treatment of your eye problem is indicated, you and your RCA doctor will decide the most appropriate course of action. Some types of treatment can be performed in our office and others require an operation in a surgery center.