Your First Visit
At your first visit, you will need to arrive at least 15 minutes early to complete your patient registration forms and present your insurance cards. If you wish to fill out your paperwork in advance, please go to New Patient Forms and download the necessary papers to complete at home. What to bring to your first appointment:
- Your current glasses and/or contact lenses
- A list of all medications you are taking
- All of your insurance cards
- Someone to drive you home if you have trouble with driving with your eyes dilated
Frequently Asked Questions
- When should my child's eyes be examined? Vision screening should begin around 3 years of age at your primary care doctor's office. In the absence of strabismus (crossed eyes), amblyopia (lazy eye), or drooping eyelids, screening should continue at your primary care doctor's office every one to two years. If your child's eyes are not straight, they have a drooping eyelid, or you or your primary care doctor have any concern for decreased vision, then a comprehensive eye exam should be obtained. The frequency of follow-up exams will be determined by your eye doctor based on his clinical findings.
- When should an adult's eyes be examined? The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends complete eye exams for adults at least once in their 20's and twice in their 30's. Early signs of eye ageing and disease may be noted by 40 years of age, so baseline eye disease screening is recommended at 40 years old. The frequency of follow up this baseline screen will be determined based on clinical findings. After age 65, adults should get a comprehensive exam every one to two years to evaluate for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy. More frequent monitoring may be necessary based on the results of your exam.
- Will working at a computer screen hurt my eyes? No. Computers will not hurt your eyes. However, prolonged viewing of a computer monitor may make your eyes dry or lead to eye strain or fatigue.
- Will sitting too close to the television hurt my child's eyes? No. Children have the ability to view objects at close distances. This will not damage their eyes. However, some children who are near sighted will sit closer because they can see more clearly. If you have concern about your child, they should have a comprehensive eye exam.
- How often do I need to get my prescription changed? The average lifespan of a pair of eyeglasses is about two years. This is due to prescription changes and scratches and damage to lenses and frames. If you notice any decrease in vision, you should have your prescription checked along with a comprehensive eye exam.
- Will Medicare pay for my glasses? Medicare allows a once in a lifetime benefit for glasses following cataract surgery with a benefit up to $200. Our optical department handles all filing of Medicare and Medicare supplements for this benefit.
- What is your contact lens fitting fee? Our contact lens fitting fees are determined based on the type of lens to be fitted. Each lens type requires a different level of complexity, amount of time spent with the doctor and number of follow-up visits expected. These factors are accounted for when setting our fees. Fees start at $50.
- How soon can I get an appointment? Scheduling can vary, so please call our office at 706 549 7047 to hear the availability of our routine appointments. If you feel you are having an eye emergency, please also call and our on-call doctor will be happy to assist you.
- Do you accept walk-ins? Due to our clinic volume and scheduling, we are unable to accept walk-ins. Please call if you feel you are having an emergency or to schedule a routine appointment.
- Why is a glasses prescription good for only a year? Your eyes changes with time and so do your eyeglass prescriptions. Prescriptions more than a year old may not be accurate and thus would not provide you the quality vision you would expect from a new pair of glasses.
- Does my insurance completely cover the exam? Medical insurance completely covers eye exams if there is a medical diagnosis that warrants exam such as diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, eye symptoms indicating infects, etc. Also some insurance companies have a wellness benefit which also covers eye exams. We do accept many of the vision plans such as Avesis, VSP, EyeMed and Corvel.
- How long will my appointment take? For a complete eye exam and dilated follow-ups, most patients should plan to be in our office for one and a half hours. Follow-ups not requiring dilation usually take one hour
- Will my eyes be dilated? There are many different reasons a patients eyes need to be dilated including unforeseen reasons which arise during initial examination. Therefore, it is difficult to guarantee a patient's eyes will not be dilated and patients should always plan accordingly. Patients who will always have their eyes dilated include those new to our practice and those being seen for their yearly eye exams.
- Can I drive home after my eyes have been dilated? Dilation affects each patient differently. In most cases, patients are able to drive home with a dark pair of sunglasses. Disposable shades are available at the front desk and are provided to any patient who has had their eyes dilated. Any patient that is unsure of how dilation will affect their vision, or has never had their eyes dilated, is strongly advised to make alternative transportation arrangements.