Your exam will take about 60-90 minutes especially if there is a need for specialized testing. One of our highly trained ophthalmic assistants will obtain information about your general medical health, prior surgeries, ocular health, family medical/ocular health, medications, and medication allergies. You will also complete a health history form that can be completed in advance. The ophthalmic assistant will ask if you are experiencing any ocular problems and check your vision (be sure to bring your glasses and/or contact lenses), eye muscle alignment, confrontation visual fields, pupils, and stereo acuity.
Your best-corrected vision will be determined by performing a refraction. The ophthalmic assistant will check your eye pressure. Dilating drops will be instilled. In general, it takes 20 minutes for your eyes to dilate. Your eyes will remain dilated for approximately 4-6 hours. Dilating drops temporarily increase sensitivity to bright lights and diminish near vision.
Dr. Akor, the ophthalmologist, will review the information from the technician’s workup with you and examines your eyes, including the lids, the ocular surface, and inside structures with specialized microscopes. She will discuss the health of your eyes and her treatment plan. She will answer any questions you may have.
After pupil dilation, your vision may be sensitive to light for a period of four (4) to eight (8) hours and therefore your driving vision may be somewhat impaired. For this reason, some patients prefer to bring a companion along to their appointment to serve as a driver.