Your First Appointment
Welcome to Austin Retina Associates! We’re so glad you’re here. Rest assured, you are in the right place for expert retina care and will be treated with the compassion and respect you deserve. Together, we can achieve life-changing improvements for your eyesight, quality of life, and peace of mind.
What to Expect
To provide the best possible care, your first visit will be very thorough. We kindly request you plan to be with us for 2–3 hours as we go through a comprehensive exam process, including:
A technician will begin by taking digital Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) images of the inside of your eyes. These images can help your doctor screen for changes in your retina, as well as diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration.
- Complete medical history: Together, you’ll review your overall health and eye history, including any problems you are currently experiencing and any medications you are taking. Your technician will also ask about any previous eye or health conditions you have had, as well as your family and social history. This information will be used to tailor your exam and treatment plan.
- Full examination of visual function: Next, your technician will check your eyes. Several tests will be performed to assess your vision, intraocular pressure, pupil function, motility, and confrontational visual fields. This exam will give your doctor a baseline for your overall visual function.
- Dilation: For the next part of the exam, you will need to have your eyes dilated. Dilation allows your doctor to fully examine the optic nerve and retina and is also required for many diagnostic tests. This process takes about 15 minutes and will make your vision blurry and your eyes more sensitive to light for several hours.
Full examination by the doctor
Once the retinal images have been reviewed, your doctor will perform a dilated eye exam, which allows him/her to evaluate the inside of the eye (including the retina, optic nerve, blood vessels, and other internal structures) in great detail.
Additional diagnostic testing (if needed)
During the exam, your doctor may recommend additional diagnostic testing (such as imaging or bloodwork) to confirm a diagnosis, rule out potential problems, or gather more detailed information. Additional testing may be performed the same day.
Treatment (if needed)
Based on the results of the exam, your doctor may recommend treatment such as medication, laser therapy, or surgery. Most treatment options are considered outpatient procedures and many can be performed in our office the same day.
About Your Appointment
During your appointment, we want to ensure you are given dedicated, one-on-one time with your doctor and eye care team to address your questions, concerns, and treatment plan. Our comprehensive appointments are designed to maximize our time with each patient and whenever possible, provide same-day testing, diagnosis, and treatment for your convenience. Please note: If you’re a new patient, arriving 15 minutes early will be a sufficient amount of time to complete any necessary paperwork. However, if you’re a current patient, it’s not necessary to arrive earlier than your scheduled appointment time.
What to Bring
Please remember to bring your insurance card, photo ID, list of medications, contact information for your primary care and referring physicians, and any records or diagnostic tests that have been performed related to your condition. If your insurance requires a physician referral, please obtain the referral prior to your appointment.
Your eyes will be dilated during your visit, making your vision blurry and your eyes more sensitive to light for several hours. If you are not using public transportation, please consider arranging for someone to drive you home.