WHAT TO DO AND BRING
For your convenience, our doctors may perform diagnostic tests or begin treatment during your initial visit. That means you could be with us for two or three hours. In planning your visit, ask a close family member to drive you. It is important for you to be accompanied by someone who understands your diagnonsis, treatment and procedures, and who can be involved in your care.
Carolina Retina Center has made it easier for first time patients by offering health related forms online. Please select the appropriate form(s) from the bottom of this page, print them out and bring them to your appointment already completed. By offering you this option to print the forms at home in advance of your appointment, you will be able to complete them at your own pace and will not be required to come in early. Please print the forms on white paper only.
Please bring your glasses, your insurance card and a list of all medications that your are taking. This information is essential for your doctor when prescribing your treatment. Your eyes will be dilated, so we also recommend that your bring a pair of sunglasses.
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Upon arriving at the Carolina Retina Center, please be prepared to show your insurance card and to complete a patient and insurance information sheet. If your insurance is either and HMO or a PPO, contact our office in advance to confirm our participation in your plan, and please obtain the necessary authorization from your primary care physician so we can treat you. This will ensure that all the paperwork is in order before your visit. You are financially responsible for services and treatment performed at the Carolina Retina Center, and any co-payment or deductible should be made at the time of your visit. As a courtesy, we will file your insurance claim.
During your visit, your eyes will be examined thoroughly. Before your pupils are dilated, your vision in both eyes will be measured; your pupils tested for reaction to light; eye movement evaluated; peripheral vision checked; and eye pressure measured to screen for glaucoma.
After allowing time for your pupils to dilate, the doctor will use specially designed medical instruments to examine your eyes, including the macula, retina and vitreous. Depending on initial findings, other tests may be required, including:
FUNDUS PHOTOGRAPHS: These involve the use of a sophisticated camera to study the retina.
FLUORESCEIN ANGIOGRAPHY: This photographic technique allows the physician to obtain more detailed images of the retina. After an intravenous injection of fluorescein, a vegetable-based dye, digital cameras record precise information from the retina, blood vessels and optic nerve.
OPTICAL COHERENCE TOMOGRAPHY (OCT): This instrument scans the retina and produces cross sectional images and measures the thickness of the retina. It is valuable in treating a variety of macular disorders.
VISUAL FIELD: Blind spots and peripheral vision loss are measured with this instrument.
ULTRASOUND: Ultrasound uses sound waves reflected from eye tissue to produce an image that enable the doctor to take specific measurements of the eye's anatomy.
After completing the exam, your doctor will discuss findings and recommend treatment. Some treatments can be performed during that visit, however, other procedures may have to be scheduled for a later date. Laser surgery and selected retinal detachment procedures can be done at the Carolina Retina Center, but all other surgical procedures are performed at local hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers. If a surgical procedure is necessary, our staff will explain every detail to you and make all necessary arrangements for your surgery.