Your visit to our office is very important to us. As such we have provided a typical example visit to help you better understand what to expect.
Your visit can be scheduled at your convenience. Please call our office to schedule your appointment well ahead of time, however, to ensure that other patients have not already booked us.
Upon your arrival you will fill out paperwork if needed. Please have your insurance card and any referrals with you to hinder any delays. Please bring relevant medical records.
Dr. Al Attar believes in spending adequate time with each patient so please be aware that your appointment time and your actual entrance to the examination room may be 10-20 minutes apart. You will be attended by an ophthalmic technician or nurse prior to seeing Dr. Al-Attar. They will assist Dr. Al-Attar in acquiring information and beginning the examination.
Typical examinations can last up to 3 hours depending on your condition. Please be sure you allot this time. You will be asked about your medical history as well as that of immediate family so please make sure you are updated on this information. If you are on any medication please bring the prescription with you to your appointment.
The retinal examination will test your ability to distinguish characters with undilated pupils as well as dilated pupils. Dilation of the pupil is necessary to allow visualization of the retina. 30 minutes are needed to allow for dilation of the pupil after instillation of the dilating drops. Dilated pupils are very sensitive to light so bring sunglasses with you to make your trip home more comfortable. The dilation of you pupil can take 12-24 hours to return to normal dilation. Please be sure to have someone drive you home.
Your intraocular pressures will be measured and pupil dilation will be done using eye drops. After the pupils are dilated, Dr. Al-Attar will then perform a thorough ophthalmological and vitreoretinal examination. If necessary, additional diagnostic testing will then be done. This may include retinal photography, OCT, fluorescein angiography, ocular ultrasound and visual field testing.
After your examination Dr. Al Attar will take time to inform you of your present condition and the treatments available for you. Family members are welcome and encouraged to provide support as well as questions for the doctor.
When your results return Dr. Al Attar will provide possible treatment options for you. These may include but are not limited to:
- Eyedrops or Medications
- Laser Photocoagulation
- Operating Room Surgery
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