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Comprehensive Eye Care

 

  • Comprehensive Eye Exam
  • Refraction Only
  • Dilated Exam
  • Check Appointment
  • Post-Op
  • Testing

Complete Eye Examination, New and Established Patients

When you arrive at our office, please check-in at the registration desk. Please come 10 or 15 minutes early. You will probably be finished an hour and a half after your appointment time. Please bring all of your glasses. If you haven't already received them in the mail, you will be given registration (required by insurance plans) and medical history questionnaires. Don't forget to complete the Visual Lifestyle Questionnaire! You will usually be ready to go home an hour and a half after your scheduled appointment time.

Call for an appointment:
San Rafael (415) 454 - 5565
Novato (415) 892 - 0111

When the paperwork is done, you will go to a history and examination room. The technician will review your ocular, medical and family history, measure your vision and take preliminary measurements. Your present glasses will be measured and inspected.

You're now ready for your "refraction," or eyeglass measurement. Our Optometrists carefully make these measurements and test your eye pressure. Even if you don't plan on getting glasses, or contacts, these measurements help in diagnosis and treatment of a number of eye conditions. The doctor will measure your intraocular pressure by applanation tonometry, the “gold standard” of pressure measurement. Finally, dilating eye drops may be administered. "Vision Plan" visits generally do not include dilation, except for diabetics.

The drops require 15-30 minutes to take effect. They may blur your vision, especially for close work, for several hours. They always wear off! While the drops begin to take effect, we recommend that you visit the Optical Gallery if you are thinking new eyeglass frames would be nice, or if you have questions about the many lens and frame options available to you. We carry over 600 frames, at a full range of prices. We feature "the latest," and also a selection of "old stand-by" fashions. We use the latest lens technologies, materials and lens treatments.

Once your pupils are fully dilated, you will be seen by the doctor with whom you have made your appointment (either your MD or your OD). The doctor will carefully examine your eyes with the benefit of dilated pupils and then explain to you the things you need to know about the health of your eyes.

Once all of the health issues have been covered, your refraction (eyeglass measurement) results will be discussed with you and appropriate eyewear recommendations will be made. A written prescription will contain the best lens recommendations, based on your examination and Visual Lifestyle Questionnaire. A special service included in your visit is a consultation with our opticians who will demonstrate the recommended lenses and answer all of your questions about the doctor's eyewear recommendations. Contact Lens fitting is a separate service from the complete exam, because physical fitting of the lenses is different from determining the refraction (lens power) and the health exam.

If you expect to spend about one hour and a half in our office for an initial visit, you shouldn't have time pressure. Patients requiring complicated evaluations or advice may require more time, and patients with simple situations may get finished sooner. If you have reason to believe you may have special needs, please let us know so we can be prepared prior to your arrival.

Referring Doctor Correspondence If another doctor referred you to our office, we will send your doctor a report. If necessary, a return appointment will be scheduled for you prior to your departure. Reminder cards are mailed for long-term follow up visits. Payment Our fees are similar to those established throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Payment is expected at the time of service; we will assist you in processing your insurance claims. If your insurance requires a referral from your primary care physician, it is essential that you obtain this prior to your appointment and bring it with you on the day of your examination.

 

Refraction Only Visits

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment time. You should be ready to leave about an hour after your appointment time.

Call for an appointment:
San Rafael (415) 454 - 5565
Novato (415) 892 - 0111

 

Please bring all of your glasses. The optometrist will check your vision and your old glasses. The doctor performs a "refraction," or eyeglass measurement, for distance, intermediate and near. The refraction results will be discussed with you and appropriate eyewear recommendations will be made. A written prescription will contain the best lens recommendations, based on your examination and Visual Lifestyle Questionnaire.

If you plan on getting contact lenses too, please make this clear when you make the appointmnet so we can allow time for that.

A special service included in your visit is a consultation with our opticians who will demonstrate the recommended lenses and answer all of your questions about the doctor's eyewear recommendations. We carry over 600 frames, at a full range of prices. We feature "the latest," and also a selection of "old stand-by" fashions. We use the latest lens technologies, materials and lens treatments.

If you expect to spend up to an hour in our office, you shouldn't have time pressure. Patients requiring complicated evaluations or advice may require more time. Patients with simple situations may get finished sooner. If you have reason to believe you may have special needs, please let us know so we can be prepared prior to your arrival.

Dilated Examinations

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before your appointment time. You should be ready to leave about an hour after your appointment time. Please bring a list of your medications and all eye medications.

Call for an appointment:
San Rafael (415) 454 - 5565
Novato (415) 892 - 0111

 

The technician will check your vision, update your history and measure your intraocular pressure by applanation tonometry, the “gold standard” of pressure measurement. Finally, dilating eye drops are administered. These require 15-30 minutes to fully take effect. They may blur your vision, especially for close work, for a few hours. They always wear off!

Once your pupils are fully dilated, you will be seen by the doctor with whom you have made your appointment. The doctor will carefully examine your eyes with the benefit of dilated pupils and then explain to you the things you need to know about the health of your eyes. Sometimes additional testing is done. A treatment and / or follow-up plan is made, a report is prepared for your primary care doctor.

Check Appointments

When you arrive at our office, please check-in at the registration desk. If you come 5 or 10 minutes early, that is much appreciated. You will probably be finished 45 minutes after your appointment time.

Call for an appointment:
San Rafael (415) 454 - 5565
Novato (415) 892 - 0111

 

Please bring a list of your medications and all eye medications. When the paperwork is done, you will go to a history and examination room.

The technician will check your vision, update your history and measure your intraocular pressure by applanation tonometry, the “gold standard” of pressure measurement. Next you will be seen by the doctor with whom you have made your appointment. The doctor will carefully examine your eyes and then explain to you the things you need to know about the health of your eyes.

Sometimes additional testing is done. A treatment and / or follow-up plan is made, a report is prepared for your primary care doctor.

Post-Operative Visits

When you arrive at our office, please check-in at the registration desk. If you come 10 or 15 minutes early, that is much appreciated. You will probably be finished 45 minutes after your appointment time. Please bring a list of your medications and all eye medications.

Call to make, confirm or change an appointment:
San Rafael (415) 454 - 5565
Novato (415) 892 - 0111

The technician will check your vision, update your history and measure your intraocular pressure by applanation tonometry. Next you will be seen by the doctor with whom you have made your appointment. The doctor will carefully examine your eyes and then explain to you the things you need to know about your progress, and a treatment plan is explained and written down for you. The follow-up visit will be made; please call if you have problems between scheduled visits!

Laboratory Testing Visits

 

Call for an appointment:
San Rafael (415) 454 - 5565
Novato (415) 892 - 0111

 

When you arrive at our office, please check-in at the registration desk. If you come 5 or 10 minutes early, that is much appreciated. You will probably be finished 45 minutes after your appointment time. Please check when you make the appointment whether you will have your pupils dilated. Many testing visits do not require dilation.