We want to be sure your visit is as easy and understandable as possible. Below is an overview of how to prepare for your first appointment at Colorado Retina, as well as resources to help you understand what to expect when you arrive.
BE PREPARED TO SPEND 3 HOURS AT YOUR INITIAL APPOINTMENT.
You first visit includes a detailed history, comprehensive eye and retinal examination, additional diagnostic testing, discussion of your diagnosis and treatment plan with your doctor, and initial treatment if needed.
YOUR EYES WILL BE DILATED FOR YOUR RETINA TO BE EXAMINED.
While the dilation wears off after several hours, your vision may be blurred and your eyes may be light sensitive after your visit. We recommend bringing a pair of UV protective sunglasses to wear once dilated. It is best to have someone to drive you after your initial appointment. For subsequent appointments, you can judge whether or not you need a driver.
IT’S HELPFUL TO HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND ACCOMPANY YOU TO YOUR INITIAL APPOINTMENT.
At each appointment you will have the opportunity to have a consultation with your Colorado Retina physician. You will receive a large amount of information and having "another set of ears" helps you recall what was discussed during your visit. With that said, we are happy to include family members in the discussion of your diagnosis and we will keep your referring doctor informed of our findings
PLEASE BRING WITH YOU TO YOUR APPOINTMENT:
Your current eyeglasses.
Valid picture ID, current medical insurance card and specialist copayment as noted on your insurance card.
Medical history, list of all your medications (including vitamins and eye drops), and the name of your eye doctor and your primary care medical doctor.
A snack, especially if you are diabetic.
A translator, if English is not your native language.
A driver and sunglasses, as dilation may affect your vision.
EVERY VISIT TO THE DOCTOR’S OFFICE INVOLVES PAPERWORK AND FORMS TO BE FILLED OUT BEFORE THE VISIT.
Patient Forms are accessible at the bottom of the page. CLICK HERE to access so you can fill them out before your visit. Or if you prefer, you can arrive 15 minutes ahead of your appointment and fill out the forms’ in our office.
WE WILL ALWAYS ATTEMPT TO SCHEDULE YOU WITH THE DOCTOR YOU PREFER.
As all of the Colorado Retina physicians share similar goals, experience and training, we hope you will be comfortable with any of them, especially in an urgent situation. We always have at least one of our surgeons on-call 24/7, available after hours for medical emergencies.
We will do our best to keep our schedules running on time. But, due to the nature of retinal diseases, many of which are emergencies, we frequently have to add patients to our schedule. Thank you for your patience.
1. Optical Coherence Tomography - A non-invasive light-based diagnostic imaging technology which can obtain high-resolution cross-sectional or tomographic imaging of the retina.
2. Fluorescein Angiography (FA) - In this procedure, a small amount of organic dye (Sodium Fluorescein) is injected into a vein in the arm. Diagnostic photographs are taken as the dye passes through the retinal vessels of the eye. This test can be extremely valuable in evaluating macular problems, vascular disease, and directing laser treatment.
3. Electroretinogram (ERG) - ERG technology uses a wearable contact lens with an electrode to measure the electrical response of the retina to a light stimulus. It can be very helpful in diagnosing and monitoring inherited retinal conditions and auto-immune retinal disease.