Chesterfield Ophthalmology

FAQs

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Q. Can I drive myself home safely after a visit?

A.
Dilating drops may be used in the course of the examination which may cause temporary blurring of near vision and may make your eyes sensitive to light. You may want to bring sunglasses or a friend to drive you home.

Q. Why do I need to bring a medicine list?

A. Thorough and accurate documentation of your medication and health history information improves the efficiency and quality of your overall care, and helps avoid potential treatment risks. In addition to preventing prescription errors, your personal medication and medical history consideration is useful in detecting possible drug-related pathology or changes in clinical signs that may be the result of drug therapy or systemic disease processes.

A good medication history should encompass all current and recently prescribed drugs (brand or generic name, dosage, route and frequency taken), any previous adverse drug reactions including hypersensitivity reactions, and over-the counter medications, including herbal or alternative medicines, and adherence to recommend therapy. Even non-prescription medications and herbal preparations can have significant interactions and possible adverse effects.

Billing:

Q. Do I pay immediately after my visit?


A.
It is our policy to collect payment at time of service unless prior arrangements for billing were made. If your insurance is a managed-care plan (HMO) please obtain the necessary referrals prior to being seen. In all cases, you are responsible for any co-payments or deductibles required by your insurance. We strive to answer any questions you have concerning your insurance coverage and will assist you in any way to accomplish this in a
timely fashion.

Q. When should I visit an ophthalmologist?

A. If you are experiencing any of the following Signs or Symptoms, promptly contact your ophthalmologist)

  • Blurry vision uncorrected by lenses
  • Double vision
  • Dimming of vision that comes and goes, or sudden loss of vision
  • Red eye or eye pain
  • Loss of peripheral vision (side vision)
  • Haloes (colored rays or circles around lights)
  • Crossed, turned or wandering eye
  • Twitching or shaking eye
  • Flashes or streaks of light
  • New floaters (spots, strings or shadows)
  • Discharge, crusting or excessive tearing
  • Swelling of any part of the eye
  • Bulging of one or both eyes
  • Differences in the size of eyes
  • Diabetes