Prior to your first visit with us, please be sure to bring your current eyeglasses or contact lens prescription, a list of the medications you are taking, as well as any insurance information. You will need your insurance card, if you have one.
If you have an extensive past ocular history, it is valuable to get us those records for review before the day of your appointment. If your history is straightforward, it is useful to jot down the highlights and we’ll review that with you.
Depending on your specific needs, your initial visit will last approximately one to two hours. During this first visit, we will ask for your medical history, surgical history and family history.
We almost always dilate patients that are new to us. Dilation of the pupils allows examination of the lens and peripheral retina, and facilitates other testing. Your eyes might be light sensitive and vision somewhat blurred after dilation. These effects last approximately 4 hours. If you are not sure you can drive after dilation, bring someone to drive you home. If you are sure you will be able to drive, you still should bring a pair of sunglasses.
After your exam, some additional tests might be requested. Then your doctor will discuss and write down the important points found at your first visit, make recommendations and schedule follow-up visits or other consultations, as appropriate. We might ask you to help us request additional records, if necessary.
We will make every effort to let you know on subsequent visits whether dilation will be done or not, so you can plan on help with driving if needed.
If you have an eye-related emergency, call our office immediately. Our Raleigh vision office is covered 24/7 by either Dr. Smith or by local board-certified ophthalmologists. Patients who have had eye surgery with Dr. Smith will always receive her personal mobile telephone number for any problems that may occur during the postoperative period following Lasik surgery or any other eye surgery procedure.
Call us right away if you have a sudden change in vision, if you see new floaters or if you see flashes of light. Other symptoms that require immediate attention include:
Unless there is an injury to the eye that is associated with significant trauma to other parts of the body, it is usually preferable to be seen initially at our office for evaluation and triage in case of injury. Please do not wait to report pain or vision loss. We reserve appointment times each day for work-in visits.