Your Visit to Retina & Vitreous of Texas
When you arrive you will be greeted by our receptionist and asked to complete our registration paperwork. To simplify and expedite your visit you may wish to complete your registration forms prior to your arrival. We have provided links to our registration forms here.
Please bring any medical records from your referring doctor and a list of your medications and their dosages. Please also bring your identification and insurance cards so that we may bill your insurance correctly. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early to help ensure your records have the important information we need.
If you are an established patient you will be greeted by our receptionist and asked to verify or update your registration and insurance information. It is important that we verify this informaiton at every visit so we can have the most accurate information in our records.
Your first visit with us may last over 2 hours due to all the necessary services provided to establish your diagnosis (please plan your first visit accordingly). This will help us determine the health of your eye and provide treatment options. Rather than schedule multiple appointments in various settings, we strives to accomplish as much as possible at your first visit for your convenience. Subsequent visits are often significantly shorter. Please remember it is necessary to dilate your pupils to have a retinal evaluation. Because this may blur your vision for several hours, we prefer that you have someone who can transport you after the appointment. Dilation will also make you sensitive to light and sunglasses may make you more comfortable during your trip home. Disposable sunglasses are available for your convenience.
Please bring your glasses and/or contact lenses with you so that your vision can be measured accurately.
If you do not speak English, we suggest you travel with a companion who can act as a translator.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR INITIAL VISIT
Your medical evaluation will begin with an ophthalmic technician who will talk with you in order to get a more detailed medical and ocular history. You will be asked questions regarding your visual symptoms and any treatments you have received. The technician will check your vision with an eye chart and will measure the pressure in your eyes. The technician will then place drops in your eyes to dilate your pupils. Dilation is necessary for a complete examination of the retina. Your pupils will require up to 30 minutes to dilate. Your vision may be more blurry during dilation and return to normal once the dilation wears off.
After your pupils are dilated, you may be examined by one of our retina fellows – fully licensed ophthalmologists who are completing their vitreoretinal subspecialty training under the guidance of RVT physicians. In addition to clinical research endeavors, RVT Faculty also trains future generations of retina specialists. Your physician will then perform a thorough ophthalmologic and vitreoretinal examination. If necessary, additional diagnostic testing will be done. This may include retinal photography, fluorescein angiography, ocular ultrasound and visual field testing. If treatment of your eye problem is indicated, you and your RVT doctor will decide the most appropriate course of action. Some types of treatment can be performed in our office while others require an operation in a surgery center.