Visiting the eye doctor can be intimidating. Knowing how to prepare for the visit and thinking ahead is an important part of the eye exam process. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your next visit.
What to think about before your visit:
Have I noticed any eye problems such as blurry vision, flashes of light, poor night vision, or double vision?
Do I have trouble judging distances?
Is a vision problem making me nervous about doing certain activities?
How well am I taking care of my glasses or contacts? Do I take my contacts out each night and rinse them thoroughly?
Have I had any health issues, injuries, operations, or sicknesses lately that my eye doctor should know about?
Does my family have a history of eye problems such as glaucoma or cataracts?
What to bring:
Your current glasses, sunglasses, and contacts (note the brand and prescription for contacts). A good idea is to bring the contact boxes.
A list of current medications—and not just prescription medications. Your eye doctor can look at the list and determine if your medications could be affecting your vision.
The name and address of your primary care doctor
Your government issued ID and vision/health insurance information
A list of the questions you want to ask your doctor so you don’t forget them.
When to follow up:
If you receive contacts or glasses for the first time, plan to follow up with your doctor after about one to two weeks so you can report back on how well they are working.
If your doctor adjusts your prescription and your new glasses or contacts aren’t working out, let us know immediately.
Please fill out the New Patient Form prior to your visit.
Folkman Eye Clinic
We also have our Privacy Practices and HIPAA available for you to download as well.
Due to COVID-19, we have less appointments available each day, and are booked further out than usual. Eye health is very important, but if you are unable to make your appointment, please let us know ahead of time so we can make sure we are able to get others in.
How to plan for your visit
COVID UPDATES TO APPTS: To prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus, our door will be locked with a sign saying to call the office. If there is already the allotted amount of patients in our office, you may wait in your car and we will call you when you may enter.
Everyone who enters our office must be wearing a mask and will be instructed to immediately wash hands before having their temperature taken. If it is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, you will be asked to leave.
No guests may come in with you, unless assistance is required. If you bring someone, they will need to wait outside of the office.
All staff are in masks to prevent virus spread, and temperatures are taken each morning.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this may cause, but we must all do our part to keep ourselves and our patients healthy.
Optomap Ultra-widefield Photography and Angiography
Regular detailed examination of the inside of the eye – the retina, is critical to eye health. Doctors use a number of techniques to examine the retina including looking into the eye, usually after dilating and the use of special cameras for imaging inside the eye. Until recently, most ophthalmic cameras could only photograph about 20% of the retina at a time. We now know that many eye diseases occur or begin at the outer edges of the retina, (“the periphery”), so examining this area is extremely important.
Because seeing the entire retina is so important at Folkman Eye Clinic we have invested in the most advanced camera for ultra-widefield photography and angiography. In a single, quick shot, this camera produces “optomap” photos or angiograms of about 82% of the retina. These optomap images provide superior visibility of the retinal periphery allowing us to see, document, show you, and follow pathology that could not be seen with traditional eye cameras.
The optomap exam is quick and painless and combined with the thorough eye exams our doctors are trained to provide this advanced technology offers a new level of diagnostic confidence. We are proud and happy to offer this service to our patients.
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