TIP: We want the job to be done correctly and we need you and the other patients to spend some time with us
For a complete ophthalmological assessment please allow approximately 1 hour, without ruling out for extra time in case additional examinations are deemed necessary. We recommend that you are accompanied by a friend or relative as in the majority of cases we dilate your eye pupils. In case the appointment is for a minor (under 17 years old), the presence of a parent or legal guardian is required.
The type of eye examination will depend on the type of problem/condition you are facing. As stated, in most situations we apply eye dilation drops. Dilation of the eye is necessary in order to examine the retina and the optical nerve. Check for eye pressure as well as a fundus test (fundoscopy) will be conducted. Additional examinations may take place should a specialized diagnosis be required for certain eye conditions. Our complete examination allows us to assess the patient for cataract, glaucoma, diabetes and retina conditions.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends that adults with no signs or risk factors for eye disease get a baseline eye disease screening at age 40 — the time when early signs of disease and changes in vision may start to occur. Based on the results of the initial screening, an ophthalmologist will prescribe the necessary intervals for follow-up exams. For individuals at any age with symptoms of or at risk for eye disease, such as those with a family history of eye disease, diabetes or high blood pressure, the Academy recommends that individuals see their ophthalmologist to determine how frequently their eyes should be examined.