Before Your Retina Exam
What to Expect
2. A complete examination consists of a vision and eye pressure test, dilation of the pupils, special photographic tests and a comprehensive examination by the physician. This does take some time and a new patient may be in the office for 2-3 hours.
1. It is important to understand that a retinal examination requires dilation of the pupils. We cannot do an examination without dilation. Since many people, especially those with visual impairment, may have difficulty driving after dilation, it is recommended that you have a driver. Depending on the color of your eyes, it can take several hours for dilation to wear off. Also, even if only one eye is affected with visual problems we can often gain valuable information by dilating and examining the other eye, so we suggest that you be prepared to have both eyes dilated.
3. We encourage patients that may have hearing or memory problems, or a language barrier, to bring a friend or relative with them.
4. If you have specific questions you want answered, don’t hesitate to write them down and bring them with you.