Office Visit FAQ

What will happen during my first visit?

A medical technician will take your medical history, check your vision, measure your eye pressure and dilate your eyes. Then the physician will review your history and examine your eyes. Based on his findings, he may suggest some additional tests.

How long will it take?

We recommend that you allow 2-3 hours. Follow-up visits generally are shorter.

What, if anything, should I bring with me?

  1. You should bring (or wear) your glasses;
  2. a list of all medications you take (prescribed and over the counter);
  3. the name, address, and phone number of your primary care physician;
  4. and insurance information cards.

Do I need someone to drive me?

We always recommend that you have someone drive you because your eyes will usually be dilated.

What is laser surgery?

Laser surgery is a painless and quick (approximately 20-minute) in-office surgical procedure. Although laser surgery may be used to treat a variety of retinal conditions, it usually is administered to stop leakage or growth of blood vessels and treat retinal tears.

What is fluorescein angiography?

It is a diagnostic procedure in which a vegetable based dye is injected into your arm to evaluate the blood vessels in the back of the eye. The dye does not contain iodine and is not related to X-ray dye. As the dye circulates through the blood vessels in your eyes, photos are taken, which the physician evaluates to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your eyes.

What is considered to be a retina emergency?

Sudden decrease in vision, distortion of vision with straight lines appearing wavy, a blank area in the center or side vision, flashes, floaters, a decrease in side vision, discharge, swelling or pain can be symptoms of conditions that may require emergency attention.

What should I do if I have an emergency?

Call our office immediately. If we are closed, our answering service will page the doctor on call, who will return your call promptly and advise you on what to do next.

Can you help coordinate my insurance?

To help simplify your life, the Elman Retina Group accepts assignment for Medicare patients. We participate with most major managed care and indemnity insurance plans and can handle all of the paperwork for most insurance claims.